Jonata makes some spectacular wine that also have spectacular prices. Todos (which means all in Spanish) is the blend of the rest of the wines that didn't get bottled individually and it is an excellent wine at a more down to earth price. This vintage it is a blend of 45% Syrah, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petite Verdot, 9% Petit Sirah, 5% Merlot, and the rest an assorted 6%. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is great with black raspberries, chocolate, black cherries, gravel and cassis. Medium tannins. Full bodied. On the palate, this is delicious. It may get better but wit
2016 Brave & Maiden Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Limited, USA, California, Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez Valley, Wine Review
This drinks like a cooler climate Cab. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black cherries, dark chocolate, slight rosemary and spice. Medium bodied. Medium tannins. On the palate, black cherry fruit with a bit of chocolate. This drinks easy. it is young and may improve a bit with time. It should drink well for ten to twelve years. A nice wine with roast beef.
2017 Jonata Winery Todos, USA, California, Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez Valley, Ballard Canyon, Wine Review
This is a blend of the grapes that didn't make it into the single varietal expressions consisting of 44% Syrah, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petite Sirah, with the remainder made up from Petit Verdot, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc.
This is the base wine for this winery. It seems to be a blend of the barrels that didn't make the grade of single varietal releases. Todos means all. That doesn't make it a bad wine by any means. In fact, this is an outstanding wine and excellent value compared to those single varietal wines. it is a blend 60% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, with the rest Petite Sirah and Viognier.
This is a top quality winery from Southern California. The El Ama is one of the top Cabernet Francs made anywhere. Actually, it is 75% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. It is ripe and delicious. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has black cherries, black olives, cigar box and spice. Full bodied with a lush texture. There is a nice depth with bold black cherry fruit over a nice earthiness. Good finish. This is just getting to full maturity but should easily go another decade. A nice match for lamb or other grilled meats.
Petite Sirah is a very interesting grape. Some wines are made to be consumed young but most need a little to a long time. This one is not quite there but almost. It is a grape that might be better suited to blending although its fans are strong (of which I am one). The flavors are deep and intense but not boisterous. This one is deep purple in color. The nose has boysenberries, slight plums, dark chocolate and tarragon. With air, a bit of black pepper. On the palate, this is medium bodied. The boysenberries and plums come thru with an underlying gravelly note. Nice balance. It re
2006 Jonata Winery El Alma de Jonata, USA, California, Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez Valley, Wine Review
This is still a bit young but rounding into peak form and almost there. With a bit of air, this is drinking quite well. A blend of 95% Cabernet Franc, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Merlot. Purple in color. The nose is great with black cherries, leather, cigar box, slight dark chocolate, cherries and slight spice. On the palate, this has a lush but firm texture. Lots of energy. Layers of fruit and dried tobacco with a bit of char. Complex. Light tannins. After about an hour, this was singing. Long finish. This will work with most heavier foods especially roasts or casseroles (wit
Sadly, this was corked (the cork was infected with 2,4,6-trichloroanisole or TCA). Its too bad as the underlying wine seemed quite good. Might have been a great value.
A gorgeous California Cab as good as just about anything grown in the northern part of the state. 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc and the rest Merlot. This vintage has much less Cabernet Sauvignon than typical. It is in a great spot right now. Young but it has shed its baby fat and is drinking quite well. Purple in color. The nose has cassis, pencil lead, slight tobacco, a bit of chocolate and some cherry notes. On the palate, this has light tannins. Plenty of cassis and cherry fruit with some earthy tobacco notes underneath. Complex. Good balance. Lon
This is a Rhone blend. Ruby in color. The nose is dusty with black cherries. On the palate, the cherries continue thru. Its a bit clipped on the mid-palate and finish. This is nice easy drinking. A bit hot but not too out of bonds. It should probably be drunk in the next few years.