($125; 93% cabernet franc, 5% merlot and 2% petit verdot) Deep ruby. Strikingly pure and exotically perfumed, with energetic cherry, cassis, tobacco and rose aromas. Dense and chewy but bright, offering wonderfully lucid dark fruit flavors and vivid minerality. Suave licorice and bitter cherry flavors stain the palate and carry through a long, pliant finish. Impressively complex cabernet franc, with enough sweetness for immediate gratification but the concentration and balance to repay cellaring.
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: November/December 2007
Wine Advocate | Rating: 95
The 2005 El Alma de Jonata is a blend of 95% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. One of the greatest Cabernet Francs to emerge from California, it boasts gorgeous notes of bay leaf interwoven with blueberries, black currants, licorice, flowers, and subtle smoke. A wine of exquisite precision, outstanding richness, astonishing elegance as well as finesse, this is a brilliant achievement that must be tasted to be believed. As the wine sits in the glass, a notion of lead pencil shavings (graphite) also emerges. Drink this beauty over the next decade. It appears 2006 has produced slightly lighter, but high-class wines without the weight and power of the 2005s. The Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, and Cabernet Franc are especially noteworthy. The only wine that did not excite me was a non-vintage blend of 81% sweet botrytised Semillon and 19% Sauvignon Blanc. A combination of 2004, 2005, and 2006, the La Miel de Jonata was decidedly monolithic and one-dimensional compared to the other brilliant wines from this spectacular new producer in the Santa Ynez Valley. Fasten your seatbelts as these wines will give purchasers a serious ride for their money!
Drink Dates: 2007-2017
Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 84
Tight, with herb, sage and charry oak. The currant and berry flavors are drying as well. Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot.