Looking at Matt's Syrah blend, the La Sangre de Jonata is normally co-fermented with a small amount of Viognier and is aged all in larger format barrels. Showing just as good from bottle as from barrel, the 2010 La Sangre de Jonata is a brilliant Syrah. Co-fermented with 3% Viognier, its inky purple color is followed by a massive, concentrated and structured wine that tastes like the essence of Syrah. Cassis, spice, ink, chocolate, flowers and roasted meat-like aromas and flavors all emerge from the glass and this is formidably structured and tannic on the palate. In need of another 3-4 years of bottle age, it will have 15-20 years of longevity. Drink 2016-2025.
Drink Dates: 2016-2025
Author: Jeb Dunnuck
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94
(96% syrah and 4% viognier; 50% new oak): Saturated ruby. Oak-spiced cherry and blackberry liqueur aromas are complicated by notes of violet, olive tapenade and pipe tobacco. Lush and expansive, offering vibrant, deeply concentrated dark fruit and floral pastille flavors that pick up smoke and spice with air. Smooth and sweet on the long finish, which features supple tannins and an echo of candied flowers.
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: November/December 2013
Wine Spectator | Rating: 91
Tight, with dark berry, mineral, spice and gravel notes, gaining depth and structure on the long, sustained finish. The fruit grains presence as this develops, echoing wild berry, boysenberry and raspberry flavors. Syrah and Viognier.