The Paring Red 2011
Alluring and lifted nose of chambord-like black fruit laced with fresh spice and mint nuances. Garigue aromas of Provence herb and dust in the sun. With air it opens to reveal a combination of fresh herbs, dried bay leaves, smoke, balsamic, and black cherry notes. Subtle aromas of orange zest, clove, and savory notes arise in the background. Powerful flooding attack of sweet and rich black fruit. The enveloping tannins are reminiscent of dark chocolate as they coat the palate with a cacao-like sensation and lead to a lasting finish dominated by the essence of blackberries. Dense, chewy, and balanced, it represents the best of the cool-climate brightness and structural intensity of the 2010 vintage.
40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 10% Sangiovese, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Syrah. Armed with a degree in Soil Science from the University of Vermont and Vintages at Staglin, in Napa, California and Craggy Range in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, Matt Dees has an intrinsic feel for wine, from dirt to glass. Curious and experimental by nature, Matt's approach to winemaking is grounded in the vineyard first and foremost: attuned to the vines, the weather, the soil, Matt seems almost to be a part of the vineyard itself. Made from vineyard blocks that are either too young or don't fit into the vintage style of the highly acclaimed Jonata Wines—The Paring is essentially a "chip off the old block." The Paring bottlings explore different styles and vineyards—from the dual stylistic expressions of Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay to the meticulously farmed Pinot Noir from a selection of distinctive Santa Barbara sites. When he's not working with The Paring, Matt can be found making the wines for its big-sister winery—Jonata.