2012 La Jota Merlot "Howell Mountain"
Winery: La Jota
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Howell Mountain"
Wine Category: Merlot
Grape blend: 100% Merlot
Region: Howell Mountain
State or country: CA
Cases produced: 635
KWG Score: 93.3 (based on 3 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (93)
Review date: January 28, 2016
Wine Review: This pitch black colored Merlot opens with a fragrant blueberry bouquet with hints of blackberry. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, rich and very concentrated for a Merlot. The flavor profile is a very ripe blackberry jam with notes of mild minerality and blueberry. I also detected hints of oak and coffee. The finish is very dry and its dusty tannins and fruit flavors stick around and linger for quite a long time. This Merlot is a big boy and will appeal to Barossa Shiraz fans. I would decant it and serve it with a 100 day aged prime ribeye from Grill 23. Enjoy - Ken
Winemaker Notes: The 2012 growing season was near perfect, with ideal spring budbreak and warm, steady days balanced by cool nights. Our 2012 Merlot has deep-black-cherry and milk-chocolate character accented with intriguing hints of rosemary. The complex aromas and flavors carry over a lush middle and through the long, satisfying finish.
Organic status: not organic
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