La Jota Vineyard Co.

2019 La Jota Howell Mountain Merlot front label

2019 Merlot

Howell Mountain, Napa Valley



The 2019 vintage brought us lots of winter rain, fairly frequent fog events in the spring, and a mild summer with just a few short heat spikes. Uneventful fall weather allowed for extended hang time, and our last fruit came off the vines November 1. The 2019 vintage unequivocally contributes to the rich story of Merlot grown in the volcanic soils of Howell Mtn. Rich and dense, the wine sings with flavors of plum, raspberry and graphite. Beautiful at this youthful stage, this Merlot will surely age gracefully over the next decade or two.

La Jota Estate Vineyard, W.S. Keyes
81.5% Merlot, 11.5% Petit Verdot, 7% Tannat
21 months in French oak (63% new)
99 Points - Jeb Dunnuck,, December 2021