WINE REVIEW: La Jota Vineyard Co., 2018 Howell Mountain Merlot, Napa Valley, CA ($86)
by Andrew Chalk
Appearance: Deep opaque ruby.
Nose: Blackberry fruit, mint, pencil lead and coffee bean.
Palate: A tightly woven, almost ungiving, wine that reflects its youth and Howell Mountain origins. The most pronounced flavors are blackberry, oak, herbs and coffee bean. Look for more forward as this wine acquires some age.
Best to keep this wine for several years before serving with steak or prime rib