On the palate, the 2014 La Jota Cabernet Sauvignon has dark chocolate, espresso, ripe blackberry, and a hint of Petit Verdot finishing with a great mid palate weight and earthy tannic structure, there is no doubt you are drinking a Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon.
Robert M. Parker Jr.,The Wine Advocate, October 2016
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.
On the palate, the 2014 La Jota Cabernet Franc has dragon fruit, ripe pomegranate and dark raspberry with herbal aromatics. Espresso bean and vanilla are carried by an impressive mouthfeel and long drawn out finish.
This wine, made to honor Howell Mountain vineyard pioneer W.S. Keyes, comes from some of the most highly prized Merlot vineyard land in the country. William S. Keyes first planted grapes in this rugged vineyard in 1888, noting that the rocky, shallow soils here reminded him of Mediterranean islands near Sicily. Very much like his nearby neighbor, the La Jota Vineyard Co., he was convinced that Howell Mountain’s high altitude and abundant sunlight could produce wines of great depth, complexity and ageability. This Merlot is made from venerable vines planted here in 1986, which have thus far avoided phylloxera infestation, hardy and full of character. The wine shows richly-textured notes of black cherry, dark chocolate, espresso bean and kirsch that capture the classic La Jota combination of intense fruit and mineral complexity. The finish is long and evocative.
Robert M. Parker Jr.,The Wine Advocate, October 2015