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

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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

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Vintage Notes
The 2012 growing season was near perfect, with ideal spring bud break and warm, steady days balanced by cool nights. The steady weather continued into the fall, resulting in optimal ripening conditions at harvest. Our 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon has deep berry aromas and flavors accented by notes of anise and bittersweet chocolate. Classic, full-on Howell Mountain texture supports this wine right through the lengthy finish and will allow it to age for decades in the bottle.

Tasting Notes
“Tight, firm and austere; smooth with fine structure; elegant, tangy and long; balanced and made to last a long time.”
Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel, February 2016

93 Points

Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel, February 2016


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