($125) Glass-staining purple. Sexy raspberry and kirsch aromas are deepened by musky floral and herbal qualities, gaining strong licorice and cola qualities with air. Sweet dark fruit liqueur flavors are complicated by sultry bacon fat and graphite, giving this a Cornas-like character. This syrah impresses with its depth, sweetness and complexity, and finishes with outstanding clarity and sweetness.
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: November/December 2007
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94
The 2004 La Sangre de Jonata (100% Syrah) was aged 19 months in 60% new French oak and 40% two-year old French wood. It offers beautiful chocolate, blackberry, charcoal, acacia flower, and roasted meat characteristics, rich, full-bodied flavors, lovely purity, refreshing acids, and ripe tannin. Drink this powerful yet graceful Syrah over the next 10+ years. It appears 2006 has produced slightly lighter, but high-class wines without the weight and power of the 2005s. The Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, and Cabernet Franc are especially noteworthy. The only wine that did not excite me was a non-vintage blend of 81% sweet botrytised Semillon and 19% Sauvignon Blanc. A combination of 2004, 2005, and 2006, the La Miel de Jonata was decidedly monolithic and one-dimensional compared to the other brilliant wines from this spectacular new producer in the Santa Ynez Valley. Fasten your seatbelts as these wines will give purchasers a serious ride for their money!
This 100 percent Syrah cuvee began gorgeously, in as suave and polished a fashion as any w/ sweet charcoal infused berry flavors that get your heart racing right out of the gates. In the mouth, the attack was extremely plush and generously fruity, but it lost quite a bit of its focus as alcohol and some biting tannin really unraveled towards the finish. I am not going to apologize for this wine, but it may actually have been a bit closed up & I doubt we saw her at her finest hour. A couple years in the cellar should help flesh out the wine nicely