La Jota Vineyard Co.
Built of stone in the late 1800s, the La Jota winery tells the story of Napa Valley’s winemaking history. Here, Frederick Hess, a Swiss immigrant, founded the La Jota Vineyard Co. With vines planted in the 1890s, he made wines that won medals in the Paris Exposition of 1900 and brought fame to Howell Mountain. The winery’s name comes from its location on the 1844 Mexican land grant, Rancho La Jota. This unique spot, surrounded by pine, fir, oak and madrone trees, is prized for its cool-climate terroir. La Jota’s four estate wines capture the intense fruit and mineral complexity of its cool-climate vineyard site.
The fruit from La Jota is hand-harvested into small, 30-pound boxes to prevent crushing, and brought to the winery for hand sorting. After the fruit is de-stemmed and lightly crushed, the must is cold soaked for gentle color, flavor and tannin extraction. To bridle the “mountain tannins,” small amounts of oxygen are introduced to the wine daily with three “splashing pump-overs” during the primary fermentation in stainless steel tanks. In-barrel malolactic fermentation rounds the acidity and softly integrates the vanillin character of the new French oak barrels. Gentle racking occurs to further enhance the wine’s elegance.
Appellation: Howell Mountain, Napa Valley
Vineyards: La Jota Vineyard and W.S. Keyes Vineyard
Plantings: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc
WINES OF LA JOTA
LA JOTA W.S. KEYES VINEYARD MERLOT
LA JOTA HOWELL MOUNTAIN CABERNET SAUVIGNON
LA JOTA HOWELL MOUNTAIN MERLOT
LA JOTA HOWELL MOUNTAIN CABERNET FRANC