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2007 Jonata - El Alma de Jonata Cabernet Franc - USA - California - Santa Barbara - Santa Ynez Valley - Red

USA - California - Santa Barbara - Santa Ynez Valley

Red Cabernet Franc
Score
WA 97
94
WS 90
IWC 93
Drink Dates
Comm: 2012-2022 WA: 2013-2022 WS: 2010-2017
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IWC 93
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 153

($125; 89% cabernet franc, 7% cabernet sauvignon, 3% merlot and 1% petit verdot) Glass-staining ruby. Pungent dark fruits and flowers on the nose, with complicating notes of licorice, pipe tobacco and minerals. Spicy, palate-staining blackcurrant and bitter cherry flavors are enlivened by juicy acidity and pick up exotic floral and fruitcake qualities in the mid-palate. Large-scaled but structured, with excellent finishing clarity and sweet, sappy persistence. Shows the potential for this variety in a warm climate and from a hot vintage.

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WA 97
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 208
Drink Dates 2013-2022

Moving to their Bordeaux blends, the El Alma de Jonata is the estate's Cabernet Franc- dominated blend and normally incorporates 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and smaller components of Merlot and Petit Verdot. The 2007 El Alma de Jonata got a big 'Wowâ?� in my notes and is an incredible Cabernet Franc from California. Deep, rich and layered, with full-bodied richness, massive structure and ripe tannin, it offers up complex notes of chocolate, black currants, lead pencil shavings and toast as well as no hard edges and blockbuster length. It should continue to evolve gracefully, but there's no harm in drinking it now either. Drink now-2022.

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WS 90
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2010-2017

Floral cherry, strawberry and raspberry aromas are vivid and focused, intense and vibrant, leading to a full body. This is tight and sleek, with fine-grained tannins and detailed mineral, sage and black licorice. Ends with pretty oak shadings. Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot.

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Author barr
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 86.765%
Tasted On 01/26/2012
Drink Dates 2012-2022
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