Dark fruit and velvety tannins will relax you and chase the heavy thoughts from your mind. Flavors of cherry, and blackberry, with notes of vanilla and mocha with warm oak spice, are a perfect match with any chocolate in the house. Indulging in Mentida Red will have you experiencing your guilty pleasures at a deeper level – you are the poet and the singe you dreamed you could be.
Mentida Wines are produced to go hand in hand with your guilty pleasures. These are wines that you don’t have to swirl and discuss, no wine notes needed, or wine snobbery. No contemplating the soil the vines are grown on, the weather that year, or the type of barrel used, just pure unrefined pleasure in each bottle.
Dawn your mask and indulge in Mentida, your newest guilty pleasure.
Pair with Salumi platter, BBQ ribs, pulled pork sandwich, pizza, bacon cheeseburger, eggplant parmesan, and chocolate with salted caramel.
Jillian found her passion for wine while studying neurobiology at UC Davis. Homebrewing introduced her to the magic of fermentation, and after taking the “Introductory to Winemaking” class at UC Davis, she quickly switched her major to Viticulture and Enology. She graduated with her degree in 2001 and soon thereafter found herself as an intern at the famous Bonny Doon Winery.
Her desire to learn more about winemaking has taken her around the globe. To gain essential winemaking experience in a short time, Jillian traveled to the southern hemisphere to work an additional harvest each year. For three years she traveled south to learn how to work with different varieties and observe different winemaking styles. She did internships in McLaren Vale (South Australia), Margaret River (Western Australia), and Stellenbosch (South Africa).
Syrah quickly became her deepest passion and she returned to Bonny Doon as Associate Winemaker in 2005, focusing her talents on the Rhone varieties that the Dooner is known for. She played a major role in the transition to biodynamic winemaking at Bonny Doon. Now a truly seasoned winemaker, Jillian has started her own passion project, Onesta. Her artistic expression is manifested in her wines. Jillian’s wines speak the truth of each growing season and each vintage is a new adventure for her, riding the waves of Mother Nature. Her promise to herself and her customers is to deliver wines with personality and depth every year. Jillian’s wines are made with passion and love, just like she lives her life. Her hope is that every sip of Onesta will ignite the soul with passion and enthusiasm for living life to the fullest.
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We just had a bottle of this a week or so ago. You should buy this…especially at this price. I’m in for another case (CT tells me I’m down to 5 in my stash). I don’t have any tasting notes, but this blows the doors off anything you can find in the grocery store at even double this case price.
Oh boy, that was easy…in for TWO cases…no brainer! Purchased this who knows how many times and it is a perfect everyday drinker and all around crowd pleaser. Jillian knows what she’s doing and I ain’t lying…no soy mentiroso! Live Onesta!
@finewiner@stolicat To help others make better (for them) buying decisions in the future it would help to understand what each of you didn’t like about the wine. Were they flawed? Too fruity? Too austere? Too young? Something else?
I would not say young I would say it had an unpleasant taste like a $6 bottle of wine. The overall profile of the wine was fine it was the aftertaste or bad taste mixed in for lack of a better description. I’ll let it sit for a wile in the cellar and give it a second look but I’m not hopeful. Perhaps I got a bad batch.
@finewiner@stolicat That’s useful to me, thanks!
One suggestion - if it’s rubbery that can indicate reduction. If that ends up being true then giving it a long decant could help. Who knows…
(FWIW, I didn’t buy this and I have zero stake in the outcome.)