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2005 Jonata El Desafio de Jonata

  • 94 WA
  • 88 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon

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SKU: 227260-2005

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($125; 93% cabernet sauvignon, 5% merlot and 2% petit verdot) Opaque ruby. Pungent cherry and blackcurrant aromas are complicated by exotic floral and Indian spice qualities. Bitter cherry and dark chocolate flavors gain sweetness with air, fleshing out and carrying through a long, sappy finish. Manages to be lush and sweet but also poised, offering an impressive balancing act of tannins and ripeness. This has excellent hang time. This, too, is much more impressive than the maiden 2004 release.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: November/December 2007
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    Generous ripe plum, black cherry, herb and sage notes are balanced and supple, ending with a complex finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    Made from a classic northern Medoc blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (93%) and Merlot as well as Petit Verdot, the 2005 El Desafio de Jonata boasts an inky/purple color as well as a moderately intense nose of forest floor, earth, blackberries, creme de cassis, licorice, and incense. Full-bodied and powerful, with high but sweet, well-integrated tannins, this cuvee builds incrementally on the palate (it is full-bodied), but displays wonderful freshness, vibrancy, and precision. Another tour de force in winemaking, it should drink effortlessly for 15+ years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Super V
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Opened during dinner at Gary Danko. Paired perfectly with lamb. Bright and exceptionally vibrant cabernet. This is a superstar red wine that has gotten better after five years in the bottle and should continue to bloom and blossom. One of the finest reds that I have tasted this year. This could easily sell for the same price as California's most expensive wines and is a steal in the $125 price range.
    Author: GrapesofWrath
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Very tight, tannic wine, with dark fruits wrapped in a licorice layer. Drank this way too early - likely needs at least 2-3 years in bottle before softening.
    Author: sikora398

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 538 bottles owned
  • 112 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 112 collectors)