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The WS Keyes Merlot by La Jota is my favorite Merlot in the world, period, no qualifiers. A few years back I was able to taste this phenomenal wine and was very impressed with its structure, fruit and ageability. After the tasting I lobbied for the wine to be sold into the Texas market so that we could get it to our clients. It took some work but we were able to get a few 3-packs brought it. At the first tasting we sold out!
“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.”
Now, we are on to the 2015 vintage and we take the entire states allocation for Buon Vino clients. Don’t delay, purchase yours today! Purchase 3 bottles and you will receive the wine in these beautiful wooden boxes.
The wine shows richly-textured notes of black cherry, dark chocolate, espresso bean and kirsch that capture the classic La Jota combination of intense fruit and mineral complexity. The finish is long and evocative.