Jonata: El Desafio “The Defiance” Cabernet Sauvignon


93% cabernet sauvignon, 5% merlot, 2% petit verdot

85% New French Oak, 15% neutral French oak

1128 Cases Produced

Exhibiting a lifted nose that jumps out of the glass with piercing red fruit that mingles with black fruit and a complex combination of cigar box, exotic spices, herbal notes and toasty oak. Sweet black fruit and dusty earth explode in the mouth and move seamlessly to a finish with classic powerfully structured cabernet tannins. Very closed, young and tight. Benefit from extended cellaring/decanting to fully exhibit the full array of it power.


94+ Points The Wine Advocate
92 Points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
88 Points Wine Spectator


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Grape Variety:
Cabernet Sauvignon
California, Santa Ynez Valley
Tasting Notes:
Earthy, Herbaceous, Vanilla, Big Tannins, Tannic Finich, Black Fruit, Red Fruits, Cigar, Dried Spices
Food Pairing:
Red Meat, Steak, Veal, Game Birds, Turkey, Pasta Red Sauce
Enjoyment Factor:
Slightly chilled (60-65 degrees)
Our Rating:

Vineyard Information

Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County, CA, United States