2009 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: 122
KWG Score: 92.7 (based on 4 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Excellent (94)
Review date: October 10, 2012
Wine Review: This Excellent opaque and very dark purple colored Merlot opens with a fragrant blueberry bouquet with hints cranberry and tangerine. On the palate this wine is full bodied, nicely balanced and rich. The flavor profile is a delicious blueberry with notes of black currant. I also detected hints old oak and black licorice. The finish is dry and its dusty fine tannins are pleasant and stick around for a while. This Merlot is very food friendly and would be terrific with shepherd's pie. Enjoy - Ken
Winemaker Notes: Howell Mountain is the location for Merlot wine making and this wine intends to prove it. Made from the best of our La Jota and Keyes Vineyard Merlot, you will find that characteristics of chocolate, coffee, broad tannins and lush blackberry envelope the palate. - Christopher Carpenter, Winemaker
Organic status: not organic
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