Jonata Wines El Desafio de Jonata The Defiance Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
An evocative nose defined by true cassis and gorgeous dark green notes of licorice, dried herbs, and nori. Muscular, dense, and structured; everything cab should be. Manages to also be restrained with black fruit intertwined with dusty herbal notes. More darkness, more power, more complexity. Picks up momentum on the palate. Remains refined and somewhat reserved today. Stands in line with the legendary 2009 Desafio. Dark and brooding; another stunning defiance.
64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 15% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot. Jonata is 600 acres of gorgeous, golden hills: 80 of which were meticulously selected based on their unique microclimates and soil profiles, then divided into more than 50 blocks and sub blocks—Each matched with different rootstocks, clones, and planting densities—to provide winemaker Matt Dees with the broadest palette from which to blend the distinctive wines of Jonata.