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2007 Jonata La Sangre de Jonata Santa Ynez Valley
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2010

($125; syrah with 2% viognier) Inky ruby. A highly perfumed bouquet displays scents of dark berry preserves, smoked meat, licorice and dark chocolate, with a slow-building floral quality. Broad, palate-staining blackberry and cassis flavors are lifted by a tangy mineral note and complicated by floral and Indian spice qualities. Benefits from aeration and really deserves a few years of patience. The long, sweet finish echoes the floral and smoke notes and shows no rough edges.

98-100 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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