2005 Jonata Winery El Desafio de Jonata

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Central Coast
  • > Santa Ynez Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 20

  • Mike V wrote: flawed

    January 10, 2015 - corked badly wow 2 out of three bottles were corked

  • MV17 wrote: (90 points)

    December 24, 2014 - Let it open in a decanter for 60 minutes before tasting. May have been a defective bottle. Still tasted ok, but not as great as the other Jonata bottles I have tasted. Have one more of this vintage left and will see if it was just this bottle.

  • Sharmajd wrote: (93 points)

    August 31, 2014 - Opened a bottle I acquired from Jonata's library offering. Nice round black fruits, well integrated tannins and a long finish would be the way I would sum it up. Drank this over two hours and after two hours, the wine got more balanced between the fruit and the structure and became more elegant as the evening progressed. You can definitely open and drink this now, but if you like the fruit to be balanced and the finesse to show, I would recommend a 90 minute decant at a minimum.

  • MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: (94 points)

    May 9, 2014 - A dense pitch black blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Merlot. Aggressive nose of cassis, espresso, and blackberry. Succulent palate of berry and grilled steak rounded off by a smooth earthy finish. Jonata is easily making the best Bordeaux styled wines in Central Coast California. Plenty of tannins and years left.

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  • smcilhen Likes this wine:

    October 28, 2013 - Like others have said, a huge wine that needs significant air time if you're drinking now or needs to sleep. Very good.

    Purchased for $80 from Hart Davis Hart on 10/23/2013.

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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

  • By Josh Raynolds
    November/December 2007, Issue #135 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • Type Red
  • Producer Jonata Winery
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation El Desafio de Jonata
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Santa Ynez Valley

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 11 (1%)
  • In Cellars 664 (70%)
  • Consumed 271 (29%)

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