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2017 La Jota Merlot "Howell Mountain"

La Jota 2017 Merlot

Winery: La Jota

Vintage: 2017

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Howell Mountain"

Wine Category: Merlot

Grape blend: 89% Merlot & 11% Petit Verdot

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Howell Mountain

State or country: CA

Price: $85

Cases produced: 1,200

KWG Score: 94.8 (based on 5 reviews)

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

Review date: January 28, 2021

Wine Review: This deep purple colored Merlot from Howell Mountain opens with a musty blackberry jam and black plum bouquet with hints of black cherry, graphite, black tea leaves and dark chocolate. On the palate, this wine is full bodied with medium acidity. It is nicely balanced and smooth. The flavor profile is a tasty red currant and black raspberry blend with notes of crushed stone and a hint of anise. The finish is dry and its tannins build-up and stick around for quite some time. The Panel would pair this Merlot with a porterhouse steak or braised short ribs. Enjoy – KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: The 2017 La Jota Merlot showcases dark ripe berries, black cherry, and espresso bean. A broad textural impact charms the mid-palate and classic Howell Mountain minerality drives the long, opulent finish.

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