Jonata Winery

El Desafio de Jonata Santa Ynez Valley Red Blend

9.315 ratings
9.43 pro ratings
Santa Ynez Valley, Central Coast, California, USA
Red Blend
Game, Baking Spices, Duck, Goose, Potato, Chili & Hot Spicy, White Rice, Exotic Spices, Pasta, Herbs, Beans & Peas, Onion, Chicken, Pork, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Soft Cheese, Mushrooms, Tomato-Based, Turkey, Veal, Hard Cheese
Top Notes For
Isaac Pirolo

Pronounced Ho-notta (but Ho-latta is also acceptable). The name pays homage to the 1845 Spanish land grant, Rancho San Carlos de Jonata. At the time the land grant covered a large part of the Santa Ynez Valley. Today’s Jonata is at the heart of the former land grant. The Jonata name was borrowed by the first pioneers from the local Chumash Indian and means “tall oak”. Prior to planting the vineyards, Jonata had the viticultural team from Château Latour do a survey of the 600 acre property to determine which sites would support which types of grapes. Latour returned with a preliminary verdict: plant asparagus. El Desafio! This wine represents Jonata’s defiance and uprising to that challenge. 3 hours open and it’s absolutely stunning... cassis for days... so much mint... and savoriness... and chocolate... so classic Cali Cabernet, but still terroir-driven.

Pronounced Ho-notta (but Ho-latta is also acceptable). The name pays homage to the 1845 Spanish land grant, Rancho San Carlos de Jonata. At the time the land grant covered a large part of the Santa Ynez Valley. Today’s Jonata is at the heart of the former land grant. The Jonata name was borrowed by the first pioneers from the local Chumash Indian and means “tall oak”. Prior to planting the vineyards, Jonata had the viticultural team from Château Latour do a survey of the 600 acre property to determine which sites would support which types of grapes. Latour returned with a preliminary verdict: plant asparagus. El Desafio! This wine represents Jonata’s defiance and uprising to that challenge. 3 hours open and it’s absolutely stunning... cassis for days... so much mint... and savoriness... and chocolate... so classic Cali Cabernet, but still terroir-driven.

Dec 15th, 2017
Branden Bidwell

Doesn't get much better. '06

Doesn't get much better. '06

Jun 22nd, 2015
Seth Kaufman

In Vegas with gary David and Jamie.

In Vegas with gary David and Jamie.

Jul 26th, 2017
Eric McGann

Tasty- absolutely delicious. Red fruits long finish.

Tasty- absolutely delicious. Red fruits long finish.

Jul 3rd, 2016
Kim Stanbro

Omg this is so good. Smells like raspberry jam.

Omg this is so good. Smells like raspberry jam.

May 15th, 2016
Steve Anderson

Needed air. Best on days 2 and 3.

Needed air. Best on days 2 and 3.

Feb 7th, 2015
Stephane Colling

Stephane had this 3 years ago

Stephane had this 3 years ago

Jul 31st, 2017
Jeremy Deutsch

Jeremy had this a year ago

Jeremy had this a year ago

Sep 1st, 2019
Kyle

Kyle had this 4 years ago

Kyle had this 4 years ago

Aug 26th, 2016
N Rice
9.0

N had this 5 years ago

N had this 5 years ago

Feb 24th, 2016