2011 La Sangre de Jonata Jonata

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Average critic rating : 96.0 points



More lively and pure, with brighter acidity than the 2010, the 2011 La Sangre de Jonata gives up plenty of violets, toast, licorice, chocolate and blackberry fruit as well as a full-bodied, supple and gorgeously focused and pure feel in the mouth. More approachable than the 2010, and scoring high on drinkability, this beauty will benefit from another year or thee and drink nicely through 2026. Drink 2015-2026. ||This was an incredible tasting with winemaker Matt Dees. This estate continues to produce some of the most impressive, long-lived wines in Santa Barbara. As I’ve learned from past tasting, it’s always best to schedule this appointment at the end of the day as these effort have no shortage of tannin and can wreak havoc on one’s palate. While I’ve routinely tasted the La Sangre de Jonata for a number of years now, it was great to be able to go back through past vintages of this estate’s other wines. In addition to these efforts bottled under the Jonata label, I was also able to taste their The Hilt and The Pairing releases, both of which are also reviewed in this report (and highly recommended).||Tel. (805) 564-8581; www.jonata.com Wine Advocate.August, 2013

Based north of Santa Barbara in the Santa Ynez Valley, Jonata sold its first wine – the 2004 vintage – as recently as 2007. With a particular commitment to red grapes Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, Jonata’s 586 acres are cultivated wholly organically, with a dedication to sustainability and ethical farming that pervades across the range.

Under the same ownership as America’s most famous fine wine, Screaming Eagle, and considered by many to be its “sister” winery, Jonata is an estate at the very pinnacle of California winemaking. Winemaker is the exceptionally talented Matt Dees, who turned down a winemaking job at Screaming Eagle to remain at Jonata. The wines created at this extraordinary estate are seldom easygoing, but hugely concentrated and complex, with unorthodox varietal blending, ripe fruits and expensive oak in evidence as standard.

Range highlights include the eye-wateringly rare Todos, a Syrah-dominated blend made in annual batches of little more than 2,000 cases and described by the Wine Advocate’s Jeb Dunnuck as thrillingly concentrated. Elsewhere, the Bordeaux blend El Alma (“The Soul”) has scored highs of 97 points in the Wine Advocate, whilst Chapoutier Ermitage lookalike La Sangre (“The Blood”) has scored a near-perfect 98-100 points with Robert Parker.

Normally only available via a tightly controlled mailing list, Jonata wines are rarities and ones to seek out wherever possible, though demand perpetually outstrips supply.

“This estate continues to produce some of the most impressive, long-lived wines in Santa Barbara.” Jeb Dunnuck

“Jonata truly stands out in the Central Coast as a producer of exceptionally refined wines” Antonio Galloni

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