2011 W.S. Keyes Vineyard Merlot 3 Bottle Collector Set

wine details

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. Winfield 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 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. 

The W.S. Keyes Merlot shows ripe tannins coat the mouth with boysenberry,  black cherry, mocha, espresso, and cardamom characters that capture the classic La Jota combination of intense fruit and complexity. The finish is structured with a well-balanced acidity.

94 Points

Antonio Galloni, Vinous, November 2013

*Limit (2) three-bottle wood sets per order