2008 Jonata "El Alma de Jonata" Santa Ynez Valley Cabernet Franc
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Slightly more perfumed, with fantastic purity, the 2008 El Alma de Jonata (75% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot) offers up complex tobacco, lead pencil, spice box and gorgeous dark fruit to go with a seamless, full-bodied profile on the palate. A gorgeous showing, it has a long life ahead of it... This was an incredible tasting with winemaker Matt Dees. This estate continues to produce some of the most impressive, long-lived wines in Santa Barbara. (JD)
This pure Cabernet Franc shows wonderful aromas of leafy roses with incense and dark fruits. Full-bodied, with firm tannins and a gorgeous finish. Loads of fruit but sleek and racy. Dusty tannins. Excellent.
The 2008 El Alma de Jonata is dazzling. It possesses striking inner perfume, fresh, beautifully delineated fruit and world-class elegance. Layers of plush, dark fruit caress the palate in this pedigreed wine. The 80% new barrels is felt in the wine's breadth and richness, but there is enough fruit to handle the oak. In 2008 the blend is 75% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. (AG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(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. (JR)