2009 Jonata "El Desafio de Jonata" Santa Ynez Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Up there with the 2007 and shockingly good, the 2009 El Desafio de Jonata has awesome notes of smoke, cigar, chocolate, spice and dark fruit literally soaring from the glass. Massive and powerful, with no hard edges and serious tannin, this rocking Cabernet Sauvignon needs another 3-4 years of bottle age and will live well past its 20th birthday. (JD)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Inky ruby. Sexy, highly aromatic nose evokes wild berry liqueur, smoke, roasted coffee and candied licorice. Lush, suave and smooth, with broad, palate-staining flavors of blackberry, cassis and floral pastilles. Rich but lively too thanks to juicy acidity, which adds cut and lift to the long, silky finish. Conveys an impression of power but there's real elegance here as well.
Pure and juicy, with vivid, snappy blackberry and wild berry notes that are both supple up front and firm on the finish. Maintains focus and flavor, ending with cedar and spice nuances. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. (Web Only - 2013)