Jeb Dunnuck
Jonata, 2014 Jonata Cabernet Sauvignon 'El Desafio'

"A Cabernet Sauvignon dominated blend that includes 13% Merlot and 4% each of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, the 2014 El Desafio de Jonata gives up lots of blackcurrant, cedar, lend pencil and licorice aromas and flavors, medium to full-bodied richness, a light, elegant texture and notable, yet ripe tannin. It will merit an even higher score if it gains weight in bottle."
Wine Advocate
Jonata, 2014 Jonata Cabernet Sauvignon 'El Desafio'

"Matt Dees observed that the 2014 El Desafio de Jonata has really begun to open up from its rather surly state six months ago, and he opened a bottle to prove his point. While the wine is certainly still quite tightly coiled, it unfurls in the glass with an attractively complex bouquet of cassis, smoky herbs, charcoal, burning embers and espresso roast, its new oak already nicely integrated. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, with a rich chassis of structuring tannins, nice concentration and depth and a crunchy core of fruit underpinned by succulent acids. I'd be inclined to wait another year or two and then drink this over the following 6 years."
Jonata, 2014 Jonata Cabernet Sauvignon 'El Desafio'

"Despite having been bottled a year ago, the 2014 El Desafio de Jonata is still very closed. Dark, dense and brooding, the 2014 is going to need at least a few years to unwind. The tannins are quite powerful, while the aromatics are reticent, both of which suggest readers will have to be patient."
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2014 Jonata Cabernet Sauvignon 'El Desafio'

VINEYARD: Ballard Canyon, Santa Ynez Valley

VARIETAL COMPOSITION: 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc.

AGING: 80% French oak and 20% neutral French oak.

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Producer Page: Jonata