This Howell Mountain Merlot comes from two of the finest vineyards in Napa Valley. The first, the forest-rimmed Meadow blocks on the La Jota estate, contribute a serious cocoa/chocolate character to the wine. The second is a short mile down the road at the historic W.S. Keyes estate vineyard, which gives this Merlot a "pop" of bright fruit character and broad tannins. Two very different vineyard personalities make one great wine. It is redolent of Chambord, black cherries and Asian spice, with milk chocolate, raspberry and sweet almond on the palate. The flavors are complex and satisfying, the texture is smooth, and the finish goes on and on.