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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Jonata Wines, tasting with winemaker Matt Dees, March 18/11

 The Time and Date:  Friday, March 18, 2011  1:30 to 4 PM
The Event: trade tasting with Matt Dees of Jonata (California) wines,
repped in Ontario by Woodman Wines and Spirits.
The Venue: Fine Wine Reserve
The Target Audience: media and sommeliers
The Availability/Catalogue: there were six wines to be tasted, all
available now in Ontario. Other wines soon to be available are The
Paring Chardonnay The Hilt 2008 (ISD) and The Paring White, both April
16, and four more in the Classics catalogue (May 10, 2011): La Sangre
de Jonata 2006. La Poesia de Jonata 2007, La Fuerza de Jonata 2006, and
La Tierra de Jonata 2006.
The Quote/Background: Jonata comes from the central coast of Ballard
Canyon (Santa Ynez). The company specializes in blends, some of them
unconventional (such as cabernets and syrah together). Jonata uses
mixed farming in its sustainability program. Currently they produce
some nine top tier labels and five second wines (under the Paring
label) which are from young vines or surplus wines.
The Wines: Matt spoke at length on his passion for creating blends.
Blends change every year, depending on the circumstances of the
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Jonata Todos Red 2006 +218941 Vintages, $59.95 (39% syrah, 35% cab
sauv, 11% sangiovese, plus petit verdot, cab franc and viognier)
-El Corazon de Jonata 2005, +218917 Vintages, $59.95 (41% syrah, 30%
cab sauv, 11% cab franc, 11$ merlot, 5% petit verdot, 2% sauvignon
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-El Alma de Jonata 2006, +218925 Vintages Classics, $145 (95% cab
franc, with cab sauv and merlot)
-El Desafio de Jonata 2006, +218993 Vintages Classics, $145 (84% cab
sauv, 9% cab franc, 6% petit verdot, 1% merlot)
-The Paring Red 2006, +218909 Vintages, $32.95 (53% cab sauv, 42%
merlot, 5% petit verdot)
-The Paring Pinot Noir 2008, +218958 Vintages, $32.95 (70% old vine
pinot noir, 30% new vine pinot noir)
The Food: trays from the Cheese Boutique featured charcuterie (one too
spicy for wine) plus cheeses from Thunder Oak (aged 3 year old gouda),
Blue de Bresse, raw milk camembert, breads, biscuits etc.
The Downside: I had to race over from an LCBO General List tasting,
barely catching my breath.
The Upside: a chance to speak with Matt Dees.
The Contact Person:
The Marketing Effectiveness of this Event (numerical grade): 91.

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