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: Deep clear red
Nose: Blackberry, loam, elderberry, cacao, graphite and baking spice.
Palate: Grounded by delicious and fine, chalky tannins. The joy here undoubtedly lies in the unctuous layers of black and red fruit that form a cascade in the middle of this wine. Early accumulation of fresh and delectable tannins that pushes with fruit through the long and graceful finish.
Grape Varieties: 58% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
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.