The 2018 Howell Mountain Merlot from La Jota is fantastic. It begins with inviting aromas of black berries, dark currants, red cherries, leather, sweet spice, savory herbs, violets and hints of dark chocolate. On the palate this is full-bodied with outstanding overall balance and structure. It continues to impress as it displays wonderful depth, along with a gorgeous seamless quality, supported by big, well-polished tannins that expand across the palate and grip hold on the long, opulent finish. A fabulous wine which is already extremely appealing, yet also has the characteristics to age remarkably well for many years to come.