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2009 Jonata El Desafio de Jonata Santa Ynez Valley
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94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2012

(80% cabernet sauvignon, 10% merlot, 5% cabernet franc and 5% petit verdot):  Inky ruby.  Sexy, highly aromatic nose evokes wild berry liqueur, smoke, roasted coffee and candied licorice.  Lush, suave and smooth, with broad, palate-staining flavors of blackberry, cassis and floral pastilles.  Rich but lively too thanks to juicy acidity, which adds cut and lift to the long, silky finish.  Conveys an impression of power but there's real elegance here as well.

97 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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