Jonata, Santa Ynez Valley, Ballard Canyon, El Desafio de Jonata 2012 (1.5L)

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95 points Jeb Dunnuck

The 2012 El Desafio de Jonata is a ripe, more expressive blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 15% Petit Verdot and 5% Merlot. It offers lots of blackcurrants, black raspberry, toasted spice and dried herbs in an extroverted, sexy, layered style. It's no doubt a beautiful drink today yet has 10-15 years of additional prime drinking. Like a lot of 2012s, it's reminiscent of the 2007, yet I remain convinced the 2007s have another level of concentration and depth. Nevertheless, this is another great wine. (7/2018)

94 points Vinous

The Cabernet Sauvignon-based 2012 El Desafio de Jonata graces the palate with its sensual personality. Raspberry jam, pomegranate, leather, smoke, spice and tobacco all blossom in the glass. Big, rich and inviting, the 2012 boasts superb intensity and resonance, although it doesn't quite have the visceral thrill of the very best wines in this range. Shades of rose petal and mint add the closing shades of nuance. The 2012 was aged in French oak, 80% new. (AG) (8/2015)

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