MOUNTAIN WINEMAKING

On Howell Mountain, vines struggle to take root on the steep slopes and to find nutrients in lean, volcanic soils. This stress leads to small berries with high skin-to-juice ratios, and the resulting wines express their terroir with great concentration.

My job is to give the deep fruit expression full rein—allowing the mineral and early complexity that speaks of La Jota—while taming the big mountain tannins into a velvet-structured wine.
- Chris Carpenter, Winemaker