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The February 2023 Auction: Part 1

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Auction Ends: 2/2/2023 6:00:00 PM PDT

Lot #485. La Jota Vineyard Co. Merlot W.S. Keyes Vineyard Howell Mountain Estate 2018

Description: Consists of 3 Bottles, 0.75L
Packaging: OWC.
Score: 99 WA.
"Composed of 84.5% Merlot and 15.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 W.S. Keyes Merlot was aged for 22 months in oak, 79% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, it charges out of the gate with intoxicating scents of black cherry compote, plum preserves, baked raspberries and spice cake with hints of potpourri, star anise and garrigue. Medium to full-bodied, the taut, crunchy black and blue fruit layers are supported by tightly knit, very fine-grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with epic length and depth. The super ripe tannins and showy fruit mean it is approachable now, but I'd leave it a couple of years for the flavors to start to fan out. It should easily cellar for 20-25+ years. 476 cases were made." Wine Advocate, Jan 2021
Provenance: The Altitude Cellar
Lot Location: Orange County
Estimate: $1,000

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