Jonata El Desafio de Jonata 2012


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An evocative nose defined by true cassis and gorgeous dark green notes of licorice, dried herbs and nori. Muscular, dense and structured; everything cab should be. Manages to also be restrained with black fruit intertwined with dusty herbal notes. More darkness, more power, more complexity. Picks up momentum on the palate. Remains refined and somewhat reserved today. Stands in line with the legendary 2009 Desafio. Dark and brooding; another stunning defiance.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Central Coast
Appellation Santa Ynez Valley
Brand Jonata
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Wine AdvocateProbably the longest-lived wine in the vintage from Santa Barbara, Jonata's 630-case 2012 El Desafio de Jonata checks in as a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 15% Petit Verdot and 5% Merlot that saw 80% new French oak. It reveals a masculine, meaty, structured personality as well as rockin' notes of blackcurrants, wood smoke, lead pencil shavings and crushed rock. Full-bodied, balanced and with building tannic grip, it still shows the suppleness of the vintage, but needs 2-3 years to even start to be drinkable. It will have 2-3 decades of longevity.

Jeb Dunnuck, August 2015