2010 W.S. Keyes Merlot 3 Bottle Gift Pack
Hello from Howell Mountain. I am pleased to announce the release of the 2010 La Jota W.S. Keyes Vineyard Merlot, a wine I am particularly proud of because of the true team effort it took to ensure its quality.
The year 2010 was cooler and wetter than normal. This drove ripening on Howell Mountain to late in the growing season, and we had to fight off the danger of mold, which can flourish in such conditions. Vineyard operations, as overseen by Mariano Navarro, our vineyard manager, became paramount to our ability to make some difficult decisions in the vineyard on when to call the pick. We calculated the risk of waiting and maybe bringing in extraordinary fruit, or picking sooner to save average fruit. We chose to wait, and it proved to be the right decision and was worth the anguish. In the winery, my team, Laura, Fernando, Edi, and I worked diligently to preserve all those characteristics that ultimately define for us the expression that elevates our Merlot to a level of complexity and depth that is required to offer it to you.
It was a year that we had to employ all of our skill to ensure that quality. Fortunately, we have the vineyards, the winery, the people, and the patience to do just that and to allow us to present you with yet another version of a Merlot that exemplifies the level of excellence that Merlot in Napa Valley can achieve.
There is not much of this wine, as we only produced 250 cases, but what is there is something to savor for a long time to come.