A tweaked blend of 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Cabernet Franc, 14% Petit Verdot and 11% Malbec, the 2010 El Desafio de Jonata is the most approachable of the lineup and offers up lovely wild herbs, cured meats, underbrush and spice as well as medium to full-bodied richness and depth on the palate. It will hit maturity well before the other more Cabernet-dominated efforts, yet should still have a graceful evolution with upwards of 15 years or more of longevity. Drink now-2025.
Drink Dates: 2013-2025
Author: Jeb Dunnuck
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93
(43% cabernet sauvignon, 32% cabernet franc, 14% petit verdot and 11% merlot; 80% new French oak): Inky purple. A complex, intensely perfumed bouquet displays dark berry preserves, olive, fresh violet and a smoky touch of black pepper. Smells eerily like syrah. Spicy and penetrating, with excellent depth to its sweet blackberry, blueberry and floral pastille flavors. Juicy acidity provides lift and spine as well as vivacity to a strikingly long, sweet, spice-tinged finish.