(includes 1% viognier): Inky purple. Explosively aromatic bouquet evokes dark berry preserves and pungent flowers, along with allspice and star anise. Suave and seamless, with intense black raspberry, bitter chocolate, spicecake and espresso flavors. Really expands on the endless finish, which features suave, silky tannins and superb clarity.
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: November/December 2012
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92
Dark and condensed, with a rich, focused core of supple-textured mineral and fresh earth-laced blackberry and wild berry flavors. Gains depth and holds its focus, with a long, persistent finish. Syrah. 800 cases made.
Drink Dates: 2013- 2024
Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94
The 2009 La Sangre de Jonata is very awkward at first, but gradually opens up to reveal huge fruit backed up by equally imposing, masculine tannin. If opened today, the wine will require quite a bit of air. Ideally, it is best left alone for several years. At this stage, the aromas and flavors are very much primary. It is the wine's textural elegance and layered personality that impress above all else. With air, the wine truly begins to blossom. In 2009, there is just a touch (1%) of Viognier in the blend.