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2016 Jonata "Todos" Ballard Canyon Red Blend (Elsewhere $55)

SKU #1524473 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Jonata’s Todos is always a kitchen sink blend, and the 2016 is 60% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, and the rest Petite Sirah and Viognier. It has stunning notes of black currants, crushed violets, liquid rocks, and graphite. This is followed by a full-bodied, beautifully pure, elegant wine that has terrific balance, awesome purity, and a great, great finish. Want to understand the style of this estate without shelling out the big bucks for the upper cuvées? Buy this wine. It’s a year in, year out, stunning wine that sells for half of what the top cuvées go for. Inner quote mark (10/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2016 Todos is a blend of 60% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 4% Petite Sirah and 1% Viognier, aged in 35% new French oak. Deep purple-black, it opens with notes of tar, potting soil, chargrill and graphite with wild blackberries, dried floral perfume, hints of peppered meat and red and blue fruit sparks. Full-bodied, it gives up oodles of lush fruits with earthy accents, segueing to wonderful chocolate and baking spice, with a frame of firm, chewy tannins and freshness to lift, finishing long and chalky textured. (EB) 92+ Inner quote mark (9/2019)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2016 Todos is plump, juicy and inviting. Raspberry jam, plum and sweet spices all develop in the glass. Still a bit tightly wound, the 2016 has the potential to develop into a truly intriguing wine. This is an especially vivid, finely sketched edition of Jonata's entry-level red. Ordinarily I might say that I was impressed with these wines from Jonata, but quality is so consistently high now that it excellence is the norm. Matt Dees is one of the most brilliant winemakers of his generation. Year in year out I find myself drawn to Todos, the estate's entry-level wine, for the superb quality and value it offers. (AG) Inner quote mark (9/2018)

K&L Notes

Jonata's "Todos" is panoramic view of a given year on the estate. It incorporates all the varietals grown on this stunning property in Ballard Canyon, painstakingly blended into a powerful and coherent wine. The 2016 is dominated by Syrah and Cabernet but contributions are also made by Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. The vines are grown in almost pure sand soils and expertly tended by local legend and vine whisperer, Ruben Solorzano. Winemaker, Matt Dees, has been at the helm since the inception of Jonata in 2004 and quickly gained a reputation as one of the most talented winemakers in a generation. The praise and adoration continue to pile up for Jonata, with wine luminaries such as Robert Parker writing: "Jonata has been fashioning phenomenal wines since their debut vintage [and is] one of California’s most exciting new wineries. Jeb Dunnuck writes: "This estate continues to produce some of the most impressive, long-lived wines in Santa Barbara." Vinous' Antonio Galloni writes: "quality is so consistently high now that excellence is the norm. Matt Dees is one of the most brilliant winemakers of his generation...year in year out I find myself drawn to Todos for the superb quality and value it offers."

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/5/2021 | Send Email
The first word I scribbled in my note book upon smelling this wine was: "WOW!" From the first sniff you know you're in for a treat; the nose is so powerful and complex. Dense aromas of spiced red and black fruits, dried violets, hot stone, charred meat, and toasted spices. The palate follows right along with bold flavors of black raspberry, spiced plum, brambly blackberry, star anise, and smoky oak. There are also savory hints of rare steak, scorched earth, and iron. Very complex and powerful in every sense, with layer upon layer emerging on the palate. I've had many vintages of Todos and enjoyed them all, but this is a huge step up even on those. The finest edition of this wine to date and rivaling the $100+ top wines from Jonata. A very serious wine that is expressive enough to enjoy now, but no doubt has the concentration and structure to mature beautifully for another 15-20 years. I honestly can't think of a more impressive wine in our selections right now at this price point. Simply put, this is an absolutely stunning bottle of wine by any measure.
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