Jonata Winery Syrah Santa Ynez Valley la Sangre de Jonata 2009
"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...94+" WA 8/12 "Inky purple. Explosively aromatic bouquet evokes dark berry preserves and pungent flowers, along with allspice and star anise. Suave and seamless, with intense black raspberry, bitter chocolate, spicecake and espresso flavors. Really expands on the endless finish, which features suave, silky tannins and superb clarity...94" IWC 11/12
JONATA is 600 acres of gorgeous, golden mills; eighty of which were meticulously selected based on their unique microclimates and soil profiles, then divided into more than fifty blocks and sub-blocks - each matched with different rootstock. Clones and planting densities - to provide winemaker Matt Dees with the broadest palette from which to blend the distinctive wines of JONATA.