2014 Jonata Todos Red, Santa Ynez Valley, California

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Jonata is located in Santa Barbara’s Ballard Canyon AVA (located within Santa Ynez Valley). Veteran winemaker Matt Dees and his team manage the organic vines toward lower yields, resulting in more concentrated aromas and flavors in the grapes. The low-fertility sandy Careaga Sandstone soils contribute further to the low yields. The resulting wines are rich expressions of their varietal components as well as their terroir. Jonata is owned by Stan Kroenke, who also owns Napa Valley’s Screaming Eagle. His commitment to excellence shines through in Jonata’s wine.

The Todos wine, while Syrah-dominant, is a blend of several grape varieties. The 2014 vintage is a blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Viognier (the addition of white wine can add acidity and help color stability in red wine). The must is co-fermented in stainless steel tanks and matured in a blend of 40% new French oak with 60% neutral oak. The wine is full of fruit and spice with wild herbs, cassis, blackberry, game, cured olives, black pepper, vanilla, and nutmeg. Well-integrated smooth, ripe tannins give the wine complex structure. This is a wine you can drink now (we recommend letting it breathe for at least twenty minutes), or you can lay this down and enjoy years from now as the tannins soften further.


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