2013 La Jota W.S. Keyes Vineyard Merlot 3-Bottle Gift Set
Hello from Howell Mountain and from the historic W.S. Keyes Vineyard. I hope this letter finds you well and excited about the release of our 2013 vintage of La Jota W.S. Keyes Merlot.
In 1888 William S. Keyes, son of Civil War hero General Erasmus Keyes, planted what we now call the W.S. Keyes Vineyard. A combination of soil and climate led the Keyes family to believe they had one of the ideal locations in Northern California to plant vines. Can you imagine the risk it must have taken to venture up Howell Mountain in the late 1800s without the benefit of roads—clearing woodland by hand and horse, creating a winery and vineyard operation without the established industry we have today? Only 12 years after vines were planted, the wines produced from this vineyard earned a gold medal at the 1900 Paris Exposition. This recognition began a tradition of mountain winemaking that we carry on to this day.
The Keyes family’s faith that this property would define Howell Mountain as a growing region for the ages is the foundation of our belief that the W.S. Keyes Vineyard is one of the best Merlot sources in Napa Valley and in all of viticulture.
An exceptional year, 2013 was filled with long, moderately warm days with plenty of sunshine and had very little in the way of anomalous weather events. As a result, the wines from this vintage represent the perfect balance of flavor, structure, and acidity that defines Howell Mountain. With the release of the 2013 W.S. Keyes Merlot, we hope you are inspired by the history that inspires us and by the weight, depth, and power of this truly singular wine.