Mission Codename Sister Eagle
Extremely affordable, mighty fine and collectible cult red alert! DROP all you have going on NOW please, and pay close attention. Operatives, we’re talking Screaming Eagle levels of winemaking, quality and ownership here. What if we told you that we were able to secure a small allocation from this highly acclaimed, mailing list driven winery’s secret library stash? Delicious drinkability today along with serious age-worthiness as top critics note, this; “finely crafted beauty (WA)” truly “has tons to love (JD)” however, we sadly don’t have tons to offer as not much is made, to begin with…
Inky opaque to the core with a maroon velvet robe embracing the periphery. Harmonious and multi-layered with dark berries, violets, leather, and smoke on the pronounced nose. Chewy in texture, with finesse-driven yet massive, overtly chocolatey tannins define the intense palate. A refreshing streak with white pepper and menthol accompany all else fluently on the seamless, long, long finish. This colorful red would boost a wide array of cold cuts, cheeses, and grilled or smoked meats. Bring it on!
To put this deal into perspective, to acquire an older vintage from the ‘other’ winery that shares ownership with Jonata, you’d need to spend on the average $3,000 per bottle. No kidding, that is the going rate for a 2014 Screaming Eagle these days. Well, they own this 2014 Todos too, a best kept dirty little secret between us, and this powerhouse red blend from the same family of wineries can be yours for $35.99, by the case we encourage you. One bottle of Screaming Eagle or 80+ bottles of Jonata Todos for the same $, you decide.
Here’s what the wine press has to say:
94+ points - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate - “This remarkable Santa Ynez estate is under the same ownership as Napa Valley’s Screaming Eagle winery. While well-known Bordeaux consultant, Michel Rolland, and Screaming Eagle’s winemaker play important roles at Jonata, the people most responsible for the quality of the wines are owners Charles Banks, Stan Kroenke, and winemaker Matt Dees… one of California’s most exciting new wineries, what they are accomplishing with Bordeaux varietals is mind-boggling. Blended of 47% Syrah, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, 3% Sangiovese and 2% Viognier, the 2014 Todos Proprietary Red Wine reveals a medium to deep garnet-purple color and a pronounced blackberries, blueberry pie and cassis-scented nose with an Indian spices and black pepper-laced undercurrent, plus a waft of lavender. Soft, medium-bodied, perfumed and elegant in the mouth, this finely crafted beauty offers great seamlessness and harmony, finishing long and spicy.”
93 points - Jeb Dunnuck - “It’s always a fun tasting with winemaker Matt Dees and his team, and they continue to keep this estate at the top of the hierarchy in Santa Barbara County. Located in Ballard Canyon AVA, they pull only from their estate vineyard (planted on incredibly sandy soils) and make a wide range of cuvées. The common thread is incredible quality. I loved the 2014 Todos, and this kitchen sink blend of 47% Syrah, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, 3% Sangiovese and 2% Viognier isn’t far behind the other cuvées in quality. Currants, black raspberries, toasted spice, earth and hints of herbs emerge from this medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated, textured beauty that has tons of to love. It will keep through 2024.”
What the Winery Says
2014 'Todos' Ballard Canyon Proprietary Red
- Matt Dees
- 47% Syrah, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, 3% Sangiovese, 2% Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
- Ballard Canyon AVA, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County
- 24-hour cold-soak, 100% stainless steel
- 20 months in 40% new French oak