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“Fenix is a terrific example of the Jonata house style today. The wines are rich and intense…” – Vinous
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“Winemaker Matt Dees continues to fashion world-class wines at Jonata. 2018 is a great vintage for the estate. The wines show the vintage’s fresher, more elegant and seamless style…” says Jeb Dunnuck as Jonata’s status as one of the best in the Central Coast, arguably the state, is unrivaled and undisputed.
A recent Forbes article spotlights the remarkable investment in this unique winery: “In the case of Jonata, carte blanche, rather than conventional wisdom, seems a mantra, thanks to owner Stan Kroenke and his wife, Ann (daughter of Walmart co-founder James Walton), whose business empire includes… Napa Valley’s prestigious Screaming Eagle winery.”
Antonio Galloni’s Vinous attests “The 2018s from Jonata are positively stellar. Like pretty much most estates, Jonata benefitted from a long, growing season… Over the last few years, the Jonata wines have become increasingly refined and nuanced. That is especially evident in 2018, a year that naturally favors freshness and vibrancy.”
Jest a few cases sadly… as Jeb Dunnuck said you can’t go wrong at this estate!
96 Points – Antonio Galloni’s Vinous
“The 2018 Fenix is a wine of pure and total sensuality. Lifted aromatics, pliant, expansive fruit and silky tannins give the 2018 so much sheer appeal. Plum, chocolate, licorice, spice and menthol are front and center. Fenix is a terrific example of the Jonata house style today. The wines are rich and intense, but without the excess weight of the early vintages. Drink 2022-2033.”
95-97 Points – Jeb Dunnuck
“Two thirds Merlot and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc, the 2018 Fenix has classic Merlot notes of ripe black cherries and blackcurrants, with lots of chocolate, cedar, and spice, full-bodied, richness, beautiful purity, and a great finish.”
What the Winery Says
2018 'Fenix' Ballard Canyon Red
- Matt Dees
- 66% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc
- Ballard Canyon, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County
- Jonata Estates
- 24-hour cold-soak, 100% stainless steel
- 20 months
- 80% new French oak