2016 Jonata 'Fenix' Proprietary Red Ballard Canyon

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Dominated by Merlot, with 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a powerful, decadent wine with, as Jeb Dunnuck puts it, “a stacked mid-palate, thrilling purity, and an expansive, layered, heavenly profile. It’s one of the finest Merlots coming out of California.” Strong praise and high potential, all for under a Ben. The quality isn’t surprising, based on the winemaking skills of Matt Dees (plus the same owner as Screaming Eagle) but the reasonable price is! Dunnuck thinks “it will flirt with perfection at maturity.” We do love a good flirtation.

That low rumbling sound you hear is Jonata’s (hoe-na-ta) rocket engines warming up for takeoff. Established as a cousin winery to Napa’s acclaimed Screaming Eagle, their first commercial vintage in 2004 caused a stir among mailing list cognoscenti. Then the momentum began to build in the trade. And then Robert Parker called them “one of California’s most exciting new wineries” in a review, and the floodgates blasted open with collectors and connoisseurs scrambling to find their wares. Folks, we’re thrilled to tell you where you can get them! As Robert Parker has remarked, “What they are accomplishing with Bordeaux varietals is mind-boggling.” We can’t really make it any easier for you…

Proprietary Red
Matt Dees
Santa Ynez Valley
Ballard Canyon
Total Varietal Composition %:
58% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
SKU #:
750 ml Bottle

Jeb Dunnuck

Incorporating a big chunk of Cabernet Sauvignon (30%), the Merlot-dominated 2016 Fenix offers a saturated purple color as well as a powerful, full-bodied, decadent style in its blackcurrants, black cherries, chocolate, lead pencil, and leafy herb aromas and flavors. With a stacked mid-palate, thrilling purity, and an expansive, layered, heavenly profile, it's one of the finest Merlots coming out of California. It will flirt with perfection at maturity.