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2016 La Jota Howell Mountain Merlot

SKU #1449265 96 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark One of the top Merlots in the report is certainly the 2016 Merlot Howell Mountain from La Jota. This fabulous wine boasts a deep purple color as well as a true "wow" nose of blackberries, ripe cherries, spice, bay leaf, and ample savory, complex herbal notes. It’s medium to full-bodied, has a layered, balanced style, ripe tannins, and a great finish. Inner quote mark (1/2019)

95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark An elegant style, featuring lilting flavors of red currant and dried raspberry that show hints of cedar and paprika. Fine-edged, with savory richness midpalate. Dried green herbal notes emerge on the minerally finish. *Ranked #37 in Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2019* (KM) Inner quote mark (11/2019)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is a layered and round-textured wine with dark berries, chocolate and terracotta. Full body. Juicy fruit. Flavorful finish. Inner quote mark (2/2019)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Blended of 90% Merlot, 5.5% Petit Verdot and 4.5% Tannat, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Merlot Howell Mountain struts out of the glass with vivacious notions of preserved plums, Black Forest cake and blackberry compote with touches of baking spices, black soil, truffles and licorice. The palate is full, rich, concentrated and earthy with firm, grainy tannins and great freshness, finishing long and earthy. (LPB) 94+ Inner quote mark (10/2018)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark La Jota's 2016 Merlot is plush, rich and radiant, all qualities that can be enjoyed upon release. A dollop (4.5%) of Tannat and 5.5% Petit Verdot add explosive energy. Black cherry, grilled herb, pepper, new leather and mint all run through this plush, savory Merlot. This is very nicely done. (AG) Inner quote mark (12/2018)

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