JONATA Estate, encouraged by Stan Kroenke’s dedication to excellence, has turned out a series of wines that have garnered substantial critical acclaim from Robert M. Parker Jr., Jeb Dunnuck, Antonio Galloni and Stephen Tanzer.
Colour: Dark red
Nose: Red fruit and fresh green herbs; cassis and the refined earthy qualities that make Jonata unique in this world.
Palate: Focused and pure black fruit on the attack with an added intensity in 2016. Balsamic and tobacco. Like 95% cacao chocolate with hints of fresh mint. Power like the epic 2015, but with more freshness and perhaps even more impact. A statuesque and chiseled cabernet with chewy tannin and a powerful backbone of acidity.
Grape Varieties: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc
Awards: 95pts – Wine Advocate:William Kelley
History of Jonata Winery
Jonata is located in California’s Ballard Canyon within the larger Santa Ynez Valley AVA. The name Jonata stems from the 1845 ‘Rancho San Carlos de Jonata’ Spanish land grant that at the time spanned a large proportion of the Santa Ynez Valley. This word was in fact borrowed from the Native American Chumash people and translates as ‘tall oak’.
From the first harvest in 2004 and under the guidance of Matt Dees, Jonata’s winemaker, it became clear that—despite widespread skepticism—not only had the right decision been made to plant Syrah, Sangiovese and Bordeaux varieties but the meticulously farmed 84-acre vineyard could also produce extraordinary results. Encouraged by Stan Kroenke’s dedication to excellence, the estate has turned out a series of wines that have garnered substantial critical acclaim from Robert M. Parker Jr., Jeb Dunnuck, Antonio Galloni and Stephen Tanzer.