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THE WINE ADVOCATE ON 2009 VINTAGE (PDF)

2009 El Desafio de Jonata, Cabernet Sauvignon 
94 Points
The Wine Advocate #202  August 31, 2012
The Cabernet Sauvignon-based 2009 El Desafio de Jonata is a bit more rugged than the Alma de Jonata. Blackberries, spices, menthol and licorice frame a medium to full-bodied wine bursting with intensity. The firmness of the tannin gives the wine a level of energy and intensity that is highly appealing. Ideally, readers should cellar the 2009 for another year or so to allow the tannins to start melting away. There is a purity and raw vibrancy in the 2009 that is impossible to miss. Dark cherries, plums, mocha and menthol are some of the many notes that are layered into the finish. In 2009, the Desafio is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 5% each Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2019.

2009 El Alma de Jonata, Cabernet Franc
92 points
The Wine Advocate #202  August 31, 2012
The 2009 El Alma de Jonata is a serious, structured wine endowed with considerable depth. Dark red fruit, licorice, grilled herbs and mint are some of the notes that blossom in the glass from this intense wine. Layers of fruit are woven together in this generous, expressive red. Some of the depth of the fruit trails off on the finish, exposing the tannins a touch. The 2009 Alma de Jonata is 70% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018

2009 La Sangre de Jonata, Syrah
94+ points
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 wines 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. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021.

2009 Todos, Vineyard Blend 
93 Points
The Wine Advocate #202  August 31, 2012
Readers who want to explore the Jonata wines without investing in the top bottlings will want to check out the 2009 Todos, which is strikingly beautiful. It shows marvelous intensity, great depth and tons of intensity from start to finish. Layers of dark red and black fruit and flowers flow effortlessly from this flashy, totally dazzling wine. Today, the 2009 boasts huge fruit and an equally compelling personality. Although priced well below some of the other wines in this lineup, it is not clear to me the Todos is far off the mark of those wines at all. Todos is a bit of a kitchen sink blend composed of 63% Syrah, 12% Sangiovese, 11% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon and dollops of Grenache, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019

2009 Tierra, Sangiovese 
93 Points
The Wine Advocate #202  August 31, 2012
Although not 100% Sangiovese, the 2009 Tierra is one of the most interesting Sangiovese-based wines I have ever tasted from California. Varietal notes come through, but in this site those flavors have a level of richness and juiciness that is rare in Italian Sangiovese. Dark red cherries, flowers and sweet spices flesh out on the radiant, powerful finish. In 2009, the estate added 5% Syrah to the Sangiovese, which gives the wine much of its volume. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017

2010 Flor, Sauvignon Blanc 
90-92 Points
The Wine Advocate #202  August 31, 2012
The 2010 Flor possesses great intensity in its citrus, flowers and mint. This is clearly a more vibrant, bracing wine than the 2009. I very much like the sense of energy. The blend is 69% Sauvignon Blanc, 29% Semillon and 2% Viognier, with malo fully blocked, which gives the wine a bit more vibrancy and pulse. I tasted the 2010 from tank just prior to bottling. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.