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Jonata "La Miel de Jonata" Santa Ynez Valley Semillon - Sauvignon Blanc (375ml) (Previously $45)

SKU #1376416 99 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Tokaji-like with its opulent apricot, honeycomb, fig, and toffee aromas and flavors, the NV La Miel 3 is a stunning dessert wine that shows an incredible sense of richness and sweetness yet stays light on its feet and flawlessly balanced. Based on Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, brought up in plenty of new oak, there’s unfortunately not much of it to go around, but it ranks with some of the greatest dessert wines out there. Bravo! Inner quote mark (10/2019)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Green-tinged gold. Expansive, exotically perfumed bouquet of mango, pineapple, coconut and caramel, with a zesty floral undertone. Spicy tropical and pit fruit flavors are sweetened by caramel and floral honey qualities, with a jolt of orange pit on the back end. An endlessly complex wine that finishes with strong echoes of coconut and caramel. (JR) Inner quote mark (11/2008)

K&L Notes

In recent years, winemaker Matt Dees has become known as one of the top winemakers in the state of California. He makes the wines for Jonata, The Hilt, and Paring, plus a few other side projects and consulting roles. Jonata is the sister winery of the legendary Screaming Eagle estate in Napa and focuses largely on Bordeaux and Rhône varietals planted at their fascinating site in Ballard Canyon. The Hilt is essentially Jonata’s Pinot Noir and Chardonnay project from top vineyards in Sta. Rita Hills (plus some Santa Maria fruit, namely Solomon Hills vineyard). Paring is a project that underpins both Jonata and Hilt, taking parcels of fruit and barrels that don’t fit the style of either brand and essentially ends up being some exceptionally delicious juice for an incredibly modest price point! Winemaker's notes: 81% Sémillon, 19% Sauvignon Blanc. 75% new French oak 225L barrels, 25% neutral French oak 225L barrels. "Solera" method from vintages 2004-07. Kept in un-topped, un-sulfured barrels. Enticing notes of lemon custard and orange marmalade. Cointreau-like nose. Focused sweet flavors of nectarine and candied peaches. Bracing acidity balances out the sweetness and the caramelized flavors seem endless on the finish."

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/2/2018 | Send Email
Mostly vin de paille style wine made from dried fruit. Unctuous, honeyed, wonderfully complex nutty, sherry-esque notes. I’m looking forward to showing off this wine during the holidays.

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