Jonata “Todos” Red Blend; Ballard Canyon; 2014 

 April 4, 2022

By  rackhouse

Jonata is the embodiment of land, soul, and people coming together for a common goal; to produce singular wines from a singular place.

Land – Jonata is a stunning 600-acre property, with 80 acres of estate vineyard on rolling hills in Ballard Canyon. High concentrations of Careaga sand run through the estate. A challenging landscape for cultivation and a key element to the qualities of Jonata, pushing the vines to drive deep in search of nutrients.

Soul – Timeless and diverse practices are in place to create health and community at Jonata. Polyface farming practices are implemented to create a diverse and sustainable ecosystem, utilizing a blend of sustainable practices that continue to build the health of Jonata.

People – Since 2004, a consistent team remains at the core. Winemaker Matt Dees & Vineyard manager Ruben Solorzano combine their experiences in winemaking, soil science, and farming expertise to help Jonata thrive.

Ranging from cool and foggy in the west to warm and dry in the east, the Santa Ynez Valley is a climatically diverse growing area. The most expansive AVA within the larger Santa Barbara County region, Santa Ynez is also home to a wide variety of soil types and geographical features. The appellation is further divided into four distinct sub-AVAs—Sta. Rita Hills, Ballard Canyon, Los Olivos District, and Happy Canyon—each with its own defining characteristics.

Blended of 47% Syrah, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, 3% Sangiovese, and 2% Viognier, the 2014 Todos Proprietary Red Wine reveals a medium to deep garnet-purple color and a pronounced blackberries, blueberry pie, and cassis-scented nose with a black pepper-laced finish. Soft, medium-bodied, perfumed, and elegant in the mouth, this finishes long and spicy.

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