Jonata Winery

Jonata Winery

Fenix Ballard Canyon Merlot Blend 2016

I really love this producer. It’s a shame that Merlot gets such a bad rap. A really nice Merlot gives you that plush dark fruit, velvety mouthfeel, and chocolate notes. Seriously, who doesn’t want velvety and chocolate notes?? My layman’s description is that Merlot is like a Cab without the tannins (sorta but not really).

Details: @jonataestate Fenix - 2016 - 58% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. 615 Cases Produced. The winemaker, Matt Dees, describes the 2016 best as a “massive wine that somehow manages to remain delicately focused. Impenetrable and dense. Grounded by delicious and fine, chalky tannins. The joy here undoubtedly lies in the unctuous layers of black and red fruit that form a cascade in the middle of this wine.”

Rule #57 - Don’t be a Miles (Sideways movie), enjoy Merlot without shame.
— a month ago

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vinokeeno

vinokeeno

Jonata is killing it. Has some serious financial backing but they have undeniably expanded the sphere of juice possibilities in the Santa Ynez Valley.

The Paring

Red Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2019

Delectable Wine
9.0

The Paring’s 2019 Red is a gorgeous Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend from the team at Jonata and The Hilt. It soars from the glass with wild flowers, herbs, blood orange and red-fleshed fruit. Elegant and nuanced, the Red is also a tremendous value. $20.00 (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, July 2022) — 5 months ago

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Jonata Winery

El Desafio de Jonata Ballard Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Charcuterie night with my lovely wife!
— 8 months ago

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vinokeeno

vinokeeno

Definitely. Ridiculously delicious.

Jonata Winery

Fenix Santa Ynez Valley Merlot Blend 2018

👍🏼💪🏻

66% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc
— a month ago

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Russ W

Russ W

Love the burly quality of this cuvee

Jonata Winery

La Sangre de Jonata Ballard Canyon Syrah 2015

Terrific juice. If you like a syrah in an old world style, get your hands on Jonata. Coffee, mocha, earthy expression of wholesome goodness!! — 4 months ago

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Jonata Winery

El Alma de Jonata Ballard Canyon Cabernet Franc Blend 2020

2020 absolutely brilliant — 6 months ago

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Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

Great cab franc

The Paring

Santa Ynez Valley Red Blend 2016

Last night we opened the 2016 Jonata The Paring Red Blend. From Buellton, California a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot.

On the nose there is black cherry, blackberry, plum, black currant, roses, chocolate, spice, graphite and dark earth.

On the palate is black cherry, blackberry, plum, green bell pepper, black currant, herbaceous, spice, licorice and earth.

This is a great QPR full bodied wine with a smooth velvety mouthfeel medium + acidity and medium to medium+ fine supple tanninsthat moves into a medium + to long dark fruit herbaceous finish. It looks as though spring is on our doorstep, we had 70 degree weather today and for the Chicago area that is a thing. What a beautiful day and I hope everyone is experiencing the same. Please stay healthy and safe and look forward to a wonderful weekend. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷
— 9 months ago

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Jonata Winery

Todos Santa Ynez Valley Syrah Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Deep dark purple with thin edges and long legs. The nose is fruity and savory. So much fun. Blue and blackberries for days. It’s always so lovely when you find those grilled meat aromas on a wine. Pretty floral notes along with mocha and olives. This doesn’t scream California to me but it does scream delicious.

Nice and supple without too much heat but I can’t place the blend. Syrah heavy with plenty of Cab but the Viognier, Grenache, Petit Verdot, Merlot, and Sangiovese I didn’t necessarily call. Finesse instead of brute strength. Purity instead of brawn. Crunchy tannins and nice acidity. Sophisticated and approachable on the palate. Juicy fruit and serious structure. Long, tantalizing finish with spice. Sexy stuff.
— 3 months ago

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Jonata Winery

El Desafio de Jonata Santa Ynez Valley Red Blend 2005

Steakhouse blend. Years (decades) left. Smokey fruit woven throughout. — 7 months ago

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