Hal Oates of Porthos is Andrew Harper's wine concierge, offering wine recommendations and seasoned expertise.
Perched atop Spring Mountain, with panoramic vistas of the valley below, Lokoya Estate offers by far the most spectacular new winery experience in Napa today. The grand opening this year follows a monumental upgrade to the original Terra Valentine winery. The kitschy alpine vibe and rustic wines of Terra Valentine are long gone, replaced by a well-appointed private tasting salon featuring the majestic, age-worthy Cabernets of Lokoya.
Founded in 1995, Lokoya produces acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignons from four of Napa Valley’s most celebrated mountain appellations: Mount Veeder, Howell Mountain, Spring Mountain and Diamond Mountain. These micro-production Cabernets are true thoroughbreds, coveted by collectors because of their ageability and impressive ratings by wine critics worldwide.
Last month, I organized a day of tastings for a small group of wine aficionados, with Lokoya as our first stop. My guests were dazzled by the virtually unprecedented opportunity to sample multiple Cabernets rated 98 to 100 points side by side.
To arrange your own private guided tour of Lokoya, or other highly rated boutique wineries in Napa Valley, Andrew Harper collectors can email [email protected]. Advance notice is kindly requested.