Overview of the Wine
Jonata is the embodiment of land, soul, and people coming together for a common goal; to produce singular wines from a singular place.
Land – Jonata is a stunning 600 acre property, with 80 acres of estate vineyard on golden rolling hills in Ballard Canyon. High concentrations of Careaga sand run through the estate. A challenging landscape for cultivation and a key element to the qualities of Jonata, pushing our vines to drive deep in search of nutrients.
Soul – Timeless and diverse practices are in place to create health and community at Jonata. Polyface farming practices are implemented to create a diverse and sustainable ecosystem, utilizing a blend of sustainable practices that continue to build the health of Jonata.
People – Since 2004, a consistent team remains at the core. Winemaker Matt Dees & Vineyard manager Ruben Solorzano combine their experiences in winemaking, soil science and farming expertise to help Jonata thrive.
Grape / Blend
Blend: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, California
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
In this bottle of 2009 Desafio, they've produced what is consider to be the definition of Jonata Cabernet: in the glass it displays classic Cabernet notes of cassis, tobacco, cedar, subtle smoke and dark chocolate. There is a distinct earthiness to this blend that creates a great counterbalance to the immense fruit evident everywhere on this red. Plush and soft on the attack, the Desafio envelops the palate in silky black fruit and liquid minerality. Its formidable nature becomes even more evident as the cascade of tannins begins, coating the mouth with legions of firm, but incredibly fine grained tannins—a textural ride on the palate. For all of its ripeness and voluminous fruit, this wine remains sincere not only to the earthiness and complexity of Cabernet Sauvignon, but also to the unique cool climate of the Jonata terroir.
96 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
The 2009 El Desafio de Jonata comes from a warmer vintage for Jonata where harvest occurred during an intense heat spike. The 2009 offers lots of graphite, blackcurrants, leather, and cedar in a gorgeously textured, full-bodied, beautifully balanced package. With terrific purity of fruit, fine, polished, even sweet tannins, and a great finish, this beauty is going to shine for another 10-15 years, if not longer
94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 El Desafio de Jonata is in its prime, bursting from the glass with a rich bouquet of cigar, chocolate, cassis and pencil shavings that—believe it or not—reminded me strongly of the 1990 Château Léoville Poyferré. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, rich and powerful, its tannins still concealed by a succulent but ripe core of fruit, and finishing with excellent length. While I'd be inclined to attack this in the near-term, it represents a very complete realization of Jonata's aesthetic.
90 Points - Wine Spectator
Pure and juicy, with vivid, snappy blackberry and wild berry notes that are both supple up front and firm on the finish. Maintains focus and flavor, ending with cedar and spice nuances. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2023.
Product size: 750ml