Appellation: Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara
(2004 label shown)
Rated 97 points by Robert Parker`s Wine Advocate: "Looking at Matt`s Syrah blend, the La Sangre de Jonata is normally co-fermented with a small amount of Viognier and is aged all in larger format barrels. Showing just as good from bottle as from barrel, the 2010 La Sangre de Jonata is a brilliant Syrah. Co-fermented with 3% Viognier, its inky purple color is followed by a massive, concentrated and structured wine that tastes like the essence of Syrah. Cassis, spice, ink, chocolate, flowers and roasted meat-like aromas and flavors all emerge from the glass and this is formidably structured and tannic on the palate. In need of another 3-4 years of bottle age, it will have 15-20 years of longevity. Drink 2016-2025.?" -- Jeb Dunnuck in Issue #208 of the Wine Advocate
More information about this producer: "This was an incredible tasting with winemaker Matt Dees. This estate continues to produce some of the most impressive, long-lived wines in Santa Barbara. As I`ve learned from past tasting, it`s always best to schedule this appointment at the end of the day as these effort have no shortage of tannin and can wreak havoc on one`s palate. While I`ve routinely tasted the La Sangre de Jonata for a number of years now, it was great to be able to go back through past vintages of this estate`s other wines. In addition to these efforts bottled under the Jonata label, I was also able to taste their The Hilt and The Pairing releases, both of which are also reviewed in this report (and highly recommended)."