2013 La Jota Merlot "Howell Mountain"
Winery: La Jota
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Howell Mountain"
Wine Category: Merlot
Grape blend: 91% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, & 4% Petit Verdot
Region: Howell Mountain
State or country: CA
Cases produced: unknown
KWG Score: 94.3 (based on 3 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Excellent (95)
Review date: October 20, 2016
Wine Review: This very dark ruby colored Merlot from La Jota is Excellent. It opens with a pleasant mild Bing cherry and plum bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, nicely balanced, smooth and really saturates your mouth. The flavor profile is a rich black cherry and minerality blend with notes of oak, plum and cocoa. The finish is rather dry and its building tannins grow and totally fill your mouth. This is a very impressive Merlot to share with all your Cab loving friends. Have them guess the grape. This Merlot will blow their minds. I would serve this beauty with a well marbled ribeye. Enjoy – Ken
Winemaker Notes: The 2013 growing season was another near perfect year. Dry conditions throughout allowed for ideal maturation and flavor concentration. This 2013 La Jota Merlot has complex notes of mocha, plum, blackberry and a little charcoal on the palate. Subtle, fine minerality gives way to a great velvety mouthfeel that lingers through the sustained finish.
Organic status: not organic
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