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2015 La Jota Merlot "Howell Mountain"

La Jota 2015 Merlot

Winery: La Jota

Vintage: 2015

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Howell Mountain"

Wine Category: Merlot

Grape blend: 90% Merlot & 10% Petit Verdot

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Howell Mountain

State or country: CA

Price: $85

Cases produced: 1,757

KWG Score: 93.2 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: December 16, 2018

Wine Review: This opaque and very dark ruby colored Merlot opens with a fragrant black cherry and blackberry bouquet with hints of wintergreen and red licorice. On the palate, this wine is full bodied and balanced. The flavor profile is a chalky mineral infused blackberry with notes of black cherry. We also detected hints of red plum and coffee. The finish is dry and its rather dusty tannins stick around for a while. Despite its big tannins, we do suggest drinking this Merlot in the near term. We would decant it for an hour and serve it with a pot roast. Enjoy – KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: The 2015 La Jota Merlot encompasses all that is mountain Merlot with a structure to relish. Notes of espresso, dark chocolate, and toast follow ripe blackberry, minerality, and weight on the palate.

Organic status: not organic

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