I have a new hobby…………. wine collecting.
…. and not because my father does it, but because lately, I’ve been drinking a lot of it.
So I figure, I should start educating myself about the good stuff. To start, I picked up a couple of bottles from Jonata vineyard, which is based in Santa Ynez Valley (Santa Barbara) and fascinatingly, owned by the same people who own Screaming Eagle.
I have yet to try it, but am anxious to after reading the various reviews.
Robert Parker for Wine Advocate gave it 94 points:
The 2005 El Corazon de Jonata (41% Syrah, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, and 2% Sauvignon Blanc) is denser, richer, and more perfumed than its 2004 counterpart. The overall impression is one of a sensual/seductive wine boasting an inky/blue/purple color as well as copious amounts of blue, red, and black fruits interwoven with truffle, charcoal, and graphite scents. This full-bodied, powerful 2005 offers both significant flavor authority and elegance. It will last for 15 or more years.
Stephen Tanzer for Interanational Wine Cellar gave it 93 points:
Opaque violet. Deep, ripe cherry and plum on the nose, with exotic baking spice and gingerbread building with air. Lush dark berry liqueur flavors are deep and sweet but possess good grip, finishing with light, dusty tannins and excellent persistence. Really stains the palate with sweet, precise fruit and minerality and possesses more energy than the 2004 version, which is a beauty in its own right.
Jeb Dunnuck for The Rhône Report gave it 94+ points
Beautifully fresh and vibrant, the 2005 Jonata Winery El Corazón de Jonata is a step up from the ’04, showing awesome aromatics of smoky black cherry and cassis fruits, cigar box, tobacco, blood and roofing tar. Very tightly wound on the palate, the wine possesses full-bodied power with superb balance, a rich, full texture and a serious, tannic finish. This needs time. I’d give bottles another 3-5 years and then drink over the following decade or longer.
Jonata’s description of it:
Wide mélange of flavors faithfully illustrates the kitchen sink of variety of grapes within the glass. Aromas of smoked meats, wild honey, soy sauce, white truffle, black cherry, cola, brown sugar and oak char. Dizzying yet tempting complexity. Generous and full bodied with mix of blackberry, mushroom notes and smoke. Very approachable at this stage with loads of soft fruit and firm, yet giving tannins. Length, length and length on finish.
Link: Jonata Winery