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The Hubbub over Jonata
September 25, 2021 @ 1:30 pmSOLD OUT
Here’s a special treat for nine wine exploring couples: Dinner with JONATA (pronounced ho-nada) wines at the lovely home of Brian & Kristen Junghans (pronounced younghans). While the name JONATA may be new to you, their wines have been earning rave reviews from Antonio Galloni, Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate, and more for years. The JONATA wines featured at this dinner have earned ratings of 93 points to 100 points.
Of the 2015 La Sangre de JONATA Syrah, Jeb Dunnuck says, “Even better than the crazy good 2007, the 2015 La Sangre de JONATA is sheer perfection in a glass and up with the finest Syrahs ever made in California! Checking in as a blend of 97% Syrah and 3% Viognier, aged in barrel, its saturated purple color is followed by out of this world aromatics black raspberries, smoked earth, graphite, game, violets and freshly crushed rock-like minerality. Possessing huge concentration, building tannin, and yet a seamless, ethereally pure texture, it needs 2-4 years of bottle age to become approachable. It is unquestionably the finest vintage for this cuvée today and hats off to the team at Jonata for this beauty!”
Located in Santa Barbara’s Ballard Canyon, JONATA is one of a new breed of producers throughout the world who are thriving with a non-traditional amalgam of varietals and blends. With a commitment to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah, and informed by sustainable viticulture and cutting-edge winemaking, the wines of JONATA represent an emerging quality movement in responsible California winegrowing.
When deciding on what chef to call upon for this red-heavy dinner, we looked no further than James Beard semifinalist, Andy Little. With Chef Little’s storytelling approach to food, and the varietals JONATA brings to the table, we’re sure this dinner will leave your taste buds begging for more. Taking place on Saturday, Setpember 25, 2021, the lucky bidders who won a seat to this dinner will love this opportunity to explore Santa Barbara’s JONATA wines (and their sister winery, The Hilt Estate), and see what the hubbub (pronounced hub-bub) is about!
• The Hilt Sparkling Wine 2015
• JONATA Flor Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (94 AG)
• The Hilt Old Guard Pinot Noir 2017 (97 AG)
• El Desafio de JONATA Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (96 AG)
• El Desafio de JONATA Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 (94 WA)
• Le Sangre de JONATA Syrah 2015 (100 JD)
• Le Sangre de JONATA Syrah 2006 (94 JD)
• Le Miel de JONATA Dessert Wine
Donated by Brian & Kristen Junghans, JONATA, The Hilt Estate, Chef Andy Little