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2008 Jonata El Alma de Jonata Santa Ynez Valley
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2011

(75% cabernet franc, 10% cabernet sauvignon, 10% merlot and 5% petit verdot):  A perfumed, kaleidoscopic bouquet displays scents of dark berry preserves, vanilla, licorice pastille, cola and pipe tobacco, with an intense overlay of floral oils.  Broad, fleshy and sweet, offering intense blackcurrant and blueberry flavors that stain the palate.  The vanilla and spice notes build strongly through the very long, sappy, penetrating finish.  Impressively energetic for such a rich wine, and the tannins are strikingly harmonious.

96 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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