La Jota ‘WS Keyes’ Chardonnay 2018


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Alcohol: 13%

Grape(s): Chardonnay

Localization:  Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California, USA

Tasting Notes: Having less than 10% new oak, and most of the texture coming from 22-months of stirring on the lees, this wine’s purpose is to showcase the Chardonnay variety. The screaming minerality that would have been masked by oak is the terroir of Howell Mountain shining through. Combined with crisp pears, white peach, refreshing acidity, and fresh-baked bread notes – this is a wine ready to drink now, but also built to age.

The Domain: The wines of La Jota have deep roots in Napa Valley. Back in 1888, winemaking pioneer W.S. Keyes planted some of the first vines on Howell Mountain, and 10 years later his contemporary, Fredrick Hess, built a stone winery and established La Jota Vineyard Co., named for its location on the Mexican parcel Rancho La Jota. Both men won medals for their Howell Mountain wines in the Paris Exposition of 1900.

Today, La Jota Vineyard Co. proudly carries on this great legacy with its small-production mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Chardonnay. All La Jota wines are sourced from the winery’s estate and from nearby W.S. Keyes Vineyard, and they capture the intense fruit and mineral complexity of these cool-climate origins.