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2007 Jonata El Desafio de Jonata (750ml)
Producer: Jonata Wines jonata.com
Appellation: Santa Ynez Valley - California - United States (AVA)
Type: red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Outstanding
Est. Price: US$125.00
Tasting Notes:
rated: August 11, 2009 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
95 points "The profound 2007 El Desafio de Jonata (a 500-case blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot, aged in 85% new French oak and 15% old wood) is the reference point for Cabernet Sauvignon in Santa Ynez. Blueberry liqueur, graphite, acacia flower, and creme de cassis aromas are followed by a wine with great stature, medium to full-bodied power, awesome layers of flavor, and a finish that lasts nearly 60 seconds. The tannins are substantial, but well-integrated and velvety, and the wine is impressively long and layered. (95-97)."
rated: November 11, 2010 , James Laub (WS)
91 points "Dense, rich and extracted, this powerful, tightly focused Cabernet shows notable dried currant, tobacco leaf, mineral, cedar and sage. Full-bodied and firming, this ends with drying tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2012 through 2020. 520 cases made. –JL" Best 2012-2020