La Jota Merlot Napa Valley Howell Mountain 2016

Merlot from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
JD 96
WS 95
WE 95
WA 94
JS 94
14.9% ABV
Item # 336058

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96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "One of the top Merlots in the report is certainly the 2016 Merlot Howell Mountain from La Jota. This fabulous wine boasts a deep purple color as well as a true “wow” nose of blackberries, ripe cherries, spice, bay leaf, and ample savory, complex herbal notes. It’s medium to full-bodied, has a layered, balanced style, ripe tannins, and a great finish. Drink it any time over the coming two decades. Drink: 2019-2039. (1/31/19)"

95 points and 'Top 100 Wine of 2019 (#37),' Wine Spectator: "An elegant style, featuring lilting flavors of red currant and dried raspberry that show hints of cedar and paprika. Fine-edged, with savory richness midpalate. Dried green herbal notes emerge on the minerally finish. Drink now through 2026. 1,657 cases made. Highly Recommended. (11/30/19)"

95 points and 'Cellar Selection,' Wine Enthusiast: "This tremendously impressive red wine is blended with small amounts of Petit Verdot and Tannat and given 20 months in French oak, a good majority of it new. Reductive at first, it expands to show root beer, cedar and dried herb in a classically structured and hugely concentrated frame of big tannin and weight. Enjoy 2026–2031. Alcohol 14.9%. (Apr 2020)" 94+ points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): "Blended of 90% Merlot, 5.5% Petit Verdot and 4.5% Tannat, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Merlot Howell Mountain struts out of the glass with vivacious notions of preserved plums, Black Forest cake and blackberry compote with touches of baking spices, black soil, truffles and licorice. The palate is full, rich, concentrated and earthy with firm, grainy tannins and great freshness, finishing long and earthy. 1,657 cases produced. Drink: 2020-2034. (Oct 2018)"

94 points James Suckling: "This is a layered and round-textured wine with dark berries, chocolate and terracotta. Full body. Juicy fruit. Flavorful finish. Drink after 2021. (5/3/19)"

Producer notes: "The 2016 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."
96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "One of the top Merlots in the report is certainly the 2016 Merlot Howell Mountain from La Jota. This fabulous wine boasts a deep purple color as well as a true “wow” nose of blackberries, ripe cherries, spice, bay leaf, and ample savory, complex herbal notes. It’s medium to full-bodied, has a layered, balanced style, ripe tannins, and a great finish. Drink it any time over the coming two decades. Drink: 2019-2039. (1/31/19)"

95 points and 'Top 100 Wine of 2019 (#37),' Wine Spectator: "An elegant style, featuring lilting flavors of red currant and dried raspberry that show hints of cedar and paprika. Fine-edged, with savory richness midpalate. Dried green herbal notes emerge on the minerally finish. Drink now through 2026. 1,657 cases made. Highly Recommended. (11/30/19)"

95 points and 'Cellar Selection,' Wine Enthusiast: "This tremendously impressive red wine is blended with small amounts of Petit Verdot and Tannat and given 20 months in French oak, a good majority of it new. Reductive at first, it expands to show root beer, cedar and dried herb in a classically structured and hugely concentrated frame of big tannin and weight. Enjoy 2026–2031. Alcohol 14.9%. (Apr 2020)" 94+ points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): "Blended of 90% Merlot, 5.5% Petit Verdot and 4.5% Tannat, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Merlot Howell Mountain struts out of the glass with vivacious notions of preserved plums, Black Forest cake and blackberry compote with touches of baking spices, black soil, truffles and licorice. The palate is full, rich, concentrated and earthy with firm, grainy tannins and great freshness, finishing long and earthy. 1,657 cases produced. Drink: 2020-2034. (Oct 2018)"

94 points James Suckling: "This is a layered and round-textured wine with dark berries, chocolate and terracotta. Full body. Juicy fruit. Flavorful finish. Drink after 2021. (5/3/19)"

Producer notes: "The 2016 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."
Product SKU 336058
Producer La Jota
Country United States
Region California
SubRegion Napa Valley
Appellation Howell Mountain
Varietal Merlot
Vintage 2016
Size 750ml
Color Red
Blend 90% Merlot, 5.5% Petit Verdot and 4.5% Tannat
ABV 14.9%
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