2017 Jonata 'El Desafio de Jonata The Defiance' Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Ynez Valley

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Available by allocation only but, lucky for you, we’ve secured our allocation and we’re happy to share! This is the absolute essence of cassis and mint with scorched earth and grilled bread for emphasis. The palate bursts with layer after layer of dense, black fruit in a poised presentation that stays focused and balanced throughout. We’re loving the quality of the cab coming from JONATA’s 17-year-old vines and we know you’ll dig the understated power and exceptional precision in this bottle. Defy expectations alongside winemaker Matt Dees and discover a new terroir to haunt your dreams. 

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…

Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Ynez Valley
Total Varietal Composition %:
87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot
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750 ml Bottle


The 2017 El Desafio de Jonata is another positively stellar wine in this range. Two thousand seventeen is one of the few years in which Cabernet is so dominant. Rich and explosive, with tremendous vertical thrust, the 2017 oozes with class and intensity. Crème de cassis, new leather, licorice, sweet spice and menthol are some of the many notes that build as this statuesque, alluring wine shows off its pedigree. In 2017, the blend is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Wow...!


James Suckling

The Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated cuvée is the 2017 El Desafio De Jonata, which includes 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc. It's another inky colored wine from this team and offers a brilliant bouquet of crème de cassis, tobacco leaf, cedar, bay leaf, and crushed rocks. Beautifully concentrated and balanced, with a Bordeaux-like structure and regal style, it's a magical Cabernet Sauvignon that's going to benefit from 7-8 years of bottle age yet keep for 20-30 years.