2007 El Alma de Jonata - Cabernet Franc
At first glance the 2007 represents an intense combination of cabernet franc's two distinct sides: intense black fruit and dusty herbal nuances, an intermingling of scorched earth, black raspberry, lavender, graphite and pencil shavings. This is definitely the most expressive nose of any Alma to date, but still hiding a world of aromas to develop over time in bottle. On the palate, one finds precision and clarity, with flavors ranging through bittersweet chocolate, blackberries, earth and toasty oak wrapped in fine tannins and an extraordinarily elegant finish.
2007 El Desafio de Jonata - Cabernet Sauvignon
Follows in the footsteps of its Desafio predecessors, the 2007 displays classic notes of cassis, cedar and herbs, but with its impenetrable density, brooding aromas and teeth staining power alongside surprising elegance. This may well prove to be our most impressive and complete cabernet sauvignon expression to date. Dark chocolate covered raspberries, anise, mint and cigar box, barbeque smoke and black olive-sincere to variety with a Ballard Canyon/Santa Ynez Valley twist in its depth of black fruit and concentration.
2007 La Sangre de Jonata - Syrah
A seemingly endless array of powerful aromatics bloom out of this wine, with heady jasmine and violets followed closely by hints of smoked meat, blackberries, white pepper, licorice and rosemary. The Sangre is opulent and silky on the palate with waves of richness that literally cascade; within its incredible density it remains delineated and focused, never losing its purity or vibrancy-this is a syrah that's anchored by quiet, balanced acidity. The tannins are firm, but at the same time utterly fine grained, a reminder that though the wine is already complete, it still has years to grow into much more.
2007 Todos - Vineyard Blend
Another chameleon in the glass, the Todos displays simultaneous notes of cassis from the cabernet sauvignon, sanguine elements from petit verdot, minty coolness from the cabernet franc and powerful savory and truffle-like notes from the monstrous 2007 syrah lots. A hint of honeysuckle from the viognier adds a floral beauty to the mix. At first sip it's a voyage to the dark side, displaying inky, black fruit and dark chocolate. Then herbs and white pepper emerge, along with sweet and bright fresh berries. Layers of tannin continue to form and recede, creating a chewy, yet integrated finish.
2007 Fenix - Merlot
This is the first merlot-based wine off the property and a-true-to-variety offering it is, showing bittersweet chocolate chips, black raspberry and smoke. Both exotic and pure at the same time, I'm reminded of homemade blueberry preserves and cobbler. Like all truly great merlot, it's sumptuously textured on the entry, velvety fruit that expands and gains momentum in the mouth. The Fenix finishes with a splash of vibrant red berries and palate staining tannins that flex, but quickly release to let the fruit linger on the finish.
2007 La Fuerza de Jonata- Petit Verdot
The only fair way to describe the 2007 La Fuerza's appearance is impenetrable and inky. Impossibly dark and brooding aromas of black fruit, crushed blackberries, espresso roast, Asian spices, tar, powerful sanguine notes and blueberry preserves. On the palate, the viscosity and weight of the fruit almost tips the balance, but is quickly drawn back in by the lively acidity of petit verdot. This is a linebacker of a wine; it can hit hard, but maintains high energy and surprising lightness. The formidable tannic attack that one expects from petit verdot never shows up in the 2007; instead, absurdly fine grained and small tannins become evident throughout the mouth, creating a texture that acts as a perfect bookend, allowing one to chew and ponder the beautiful and pure black fruit that lingers on and on.
2007 La Tierra de Jonata - Sangiovese
This wine combines all the joys of sangiovese: earth, salami and leather come out with air behind the initial aromas of perfumed, fresh crushed raspberries and strawberries. The palate is bright, robust and rustic, showing incredible density for this often shy grape. What starts with fruit moves to savory as it rolls across the palate, exhibiting anise, earth, dried flowers and cured meats all held in check by mouth coating tannins.
2007 La Poesia de Jonata - Pinot Noir
Bright and vibrant ruby hue. Complex nose of incense, black cherry, plums, fig and smoke notes; black pepper and cinnamon. Still showing exuberant youthful fruit, but also shades of the earthy nuances that will surely develop with time in bottle. Pure velvet on the palate; rich and mouth filling, but also elegant and refined.
2007 La Flor de Jonata - Sauvignon Blanc
Pale straw color. Intense nose of citrus peel and lemon curd. Complex notes of wet stone and mineral. Tart grapefruit flavors emerge on the palate along with incredible depth and weight and an almost creamy texture. This leads to a mouthwatering and balanced finish highlighted by bright acidity and lingering notes of fresh pineapple.