125th Anniversary Wines

2023 marks the 125th anniversary since La Jota first produced small-lot mountain wines from its home on Howell Mountain. To celebrate this historic milestone, we opened our cellar to showcase the wines and the stories that represent a distinct piece of history.

2013 W.S. Keyes Vineyard Merlot

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Limited quantities available.

The warm, dry conditions of the near-perfect 2013 vintage allowed for ideal maturation and flavor concentration. Sourced from the oldest and most prized block of the W.S. Keyes Vineyard, the 2013 W.S. Keyes Merlot was aged for 19 months in 100% new French oak. Comprised of 76% Merlot and 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine offers anise, blackberry, gravelly minerality, and an overall mouth-filling expression of mountain Merlot. With 10 years of age, our 2013 W.S. Keyes Merlot is ready to drink now or can be cellared for another 5 - 10 years for additional flavor development.


2013 Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc

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Cabernet Franc grapes for this wine come from an exceptional block of our estate vineyard, right next to our century-old stone winery on Howell Mountain. Planted in 1976, the vineyard was grafted onto St. George rootstock and escaped the ravages of phylloxera to become one of the oldest Cabernet Franc vineyards in Napa County.

On the palate the 2013 La Jota Cabernet Franc has dark raspberry, black tea, and candied walnuts. The faithful Howell Mountain shale contributes slight minerality. Full-bodied and complex, the palate is rich with tannins.