2009 jonata, sangre, santa ynez valley
Why We're Buying
Attention to detail is the trademark of Jonata. The Santa Ynez Valley estate, the sister of Screaming Eagle, produces carefully produced red wines, including Jonata La Sangre de Jonata. La Sangre, or "the blood" in Spanish, represents a pure expression, not only of the land but of the winery.
Dark and condensed, with a rich, focused core of supple-textured mineral and fresh earth—laced blackberry and wild berry flavors. Gains depth and holds its focus, with a long, persistent finish. Syrah. Best from 2013 through 2024. 800 cases made.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 La Sangre de Jonata is very awkward at first, but gradually opens up to reveal huge fruit backed up by equally imposing, masculine tannin. If opened today, the wine will require quite a bit of air. Ideally, it is best left alone for several years. At this stage, the aromas and flavors are very much primary. It is the wine's textural elegance and layered personality that impress above all else. With air, the wine truly begins to blossom. In 2009, there is just a touch (1%) of Viognier in the blend. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021.