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2014 La Jota Merlot "Howell Mountain"

La Jota 2014 Merlot

Winery: La Jota

Vintage: 2014

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Howell Mountain"

Wine Category: Merlot

Grape blend: 90% Merlot & 10% Petite Verdot

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Howell Mountain

State or country: CA

Price: $85

Cases produced: 1,523

KWG Score: 94.6 (based on 6 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)

Review date: January 8, 2018

Wine Review: This opaque and midnight purple colored Merlot from Howell Mountain opens blackberry and anise bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and easy going. The flavor profile is a tasty mineral infused black currant with notes of black licorice and oak. I also detected hints of black pepper and olive. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins stick around for quite a while. This Merlot would pair well with a veal chop. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: The 2014 La Jota Merlot is a powerhouse Merlot with a structure to relish. Notes of dark chocolate, dark and red berry characters, give way to clove, toast, minerality and weight on the palate.

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