2012 Jonata, Tierra, Santa Ynez Valley

Press and Tasting Notes

La Tierra is one of the most interesting Sangiovese-based wines from California. Varietal notes come through, but in this site those flavors have a level of richness and juiciness that is rare in Italian Sangiovese. Dark red cherries, flowers and sweet spices flesh out on the radiant, powerful finish. Enjoy it over the next 5-7 years.

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Featured December 15, 2013

THE REVIEW

If you've always wanted to try Screaming Eagle and relish Tuscan reds, then you'll love Jonata's La Tierra from Napa Valley.
    Screaming Eagle and Jonata (pronounced ho-not-tah) share the same owners and wine making techniques: the current winemaker of Jonata apprenticed at Screaming Eagle. While Screaming Eagle costs about $1,800 per bottle, Jonata offers unbelievable value from Screaming Eagle's team.
    Brunello-esque is style, this is one of our best selling wines that keeps getting better with every vintage. Imagine the rich terroir of California fused with the very best Sangiovese vines transplanted from Tuscany. That is the essence of La Tierra de Jonata. This rare varietal transplant literally "blows away virtually every other Sangiovese made in California." (Robert Parker) This is "one of the best non-Tuscan examples of this variety I know." (Stephen Tanzer) Capturing the wonderful character of a Brunello di Montalcino, only the finest Sangiovese clippings are selected for this one-of-a-kind red.
    La Tierra de Jonata is also reminiscent of your favorite Super Tuscan given its 97% Sangiovese and 3% Syrah composition. Like Tignanello, Sassicaia and Ornellaia, the wine boasts "unsmoked cigar tobacco, cedar, sweet, meaty porcini mushrooms, cassis, cherries, and graphite [with] spectacular aromatics and rich, full-bodied flavors." (Robert Parker)
    Enjoy now and over the next 5 years. I typically enjoy this wine with homemade chicken parmigiana and angel hair tossed in garlic and olive oil. It is fantastic! Read More »

Varietal

SANGIOVESE

Sangiovese may be the most recognizable red grape grown it Italy.  Sangiovese can be found throughout Tuscany and, depending on the subregion, is given a "local" name. For example, Sangiovese grown in Chianti i ... Read More »

Region

California

The largest domestic wine growing region in the United States is by far California.  California wines took international recognition in the 1976 competition known as "The Judgement Of Paris."  In this famous blind tasting, California wines were pu ... Read More »

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