Jonata Todos Ballard Canyon 2013 | Drinking great now – with a decade to go!
Winery: Jonata Todos Ballard Canyon 2013 is expansive and focused, savory and chewy. Notably, this blend represents the confluence of the Santa Barbara sun and the Jonata sandy soils. A perfect match from Winemaker Matt Dees.
Jonata Todos Ballard Canyon 2013 displays opaque purple to the rim. While dense blueberry jam and blackberry notes burst from the glass, layered with violets and savory spice. While mouth-filling with a beautiful silky texture. Also, the “Todos” displays the excellent purity of fruit and a long and balanced finished. This wine is drinking fantastically now. And has a decade ahead of it.
Dunnuck & Suckling | All 94+ Points | A Smokin’ Wine
94WA | Jeb Dunnuck: Lastly, the Jonata Todos Ballard Canyon 2013 is a smokin’ wine. While made from 78% Syrah, 15% Sangiovese, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Viognier, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Merlot. Yet full-bodied, supple, elegant and concentrated, with impeccable balance. And it offers lots of purple fruit characteristics, spice, dried flowers, underbrush aromas, and flavors. One of the more approachable wines in the lineup. Yet it will evolve for a decade or more on its purity and balance.
95 Points, James Suckling: Jonata Todos Ballard Canyon 2013 is so complex and fantastic showing the complexity and drinkability. Full bodied, layered and gorgeous. With dried berry, dried meat, and date, yet so subtle. While this is mostly Syrah but hints of nine grape types from sauvignon blanc to cabernet franc. Drink now.
About Jonata & Winemaker Matt Dees
So Jonata struck gold in the form of one of the most brilliant young winemakers in the world. Matt Dees came armed with a degree in soil science from the University of Vermont. And a resume that included cellar stints at Staglin in Napa and Craggy Range in New Zealand. Dees took one look at the unique potential of Jonata’s sandy soil. Another look at how much the owners had already poured into their Oakville winery. And signed on the dotted line. Ballard Canyon would never be the same.
While there are some people who are educated toward certain positions in life. And others who are born to assume the. Hence, Matt Dees is what you’d call a natural winemaker. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate praises Matt Dees and his team. Most of all saying, “What they are accomplishing with Bordeaux varietals is mind-boggling.