Jonata El Alma de Jonata 2011 / 750 ml.

Item#: 81370

RP9696 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 28th Aug 2013
While there was no El Almas produced in 2010 due to late rains, the 2011 El Alma de Jonata is beautiful. Most similar to the 2008, with pure, pretty notes of wild herbs, dark chocolate, tobacco, crushed flowers and currants, it flows onto the palate with beautiful freshness and purity, big richness and a great finish. Give it another couple of years and enjoy it through 2026. Drink 2015–2026.
VN9494 pts. - Vinous - Jul 2014
The Cabernet Franc-based El Alma de Jonata is magnificent in 2011. Violets, savory herbs, mint, plum and black cherries burst from the glass in an explosive, deeply varietal wine loaded with class, pedigree and elegance. Cabernet Franc notes take on greater prominence as the Alma opens up in the glass. This is one of the best wines that have come off this property. A second bottle that had been opened 24 hours before this tasting was positively explosive.
ST9393 pts. - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar - Nov/Dec 2014
Glass-staining ruby. Heady scents of black and blue fruit preserves, potpourri and candied licorice, with sexy Asian spice and mint nuances in the background. Sweet, high-pitched and sharply delineated, showing excellent depth and clarity to the blackcurrant, mineral and floral pastille flavors. Finishes long and smoky, with supple tannins and an echoing floral pastille note.

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Primary Grape: Cabernet Franc | All Grapes: 78% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot

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RP96 96 pts. / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (28th Aug 2013)

While there was no El Almas produced in 2010 due to late rains, the 2011 El Alma de Jonata is beautiful. Most similar to the 2008, with pure, pretty notes of wild herbs, dark chocolate, tobacco, crushed flowers and currants, it flows onto the palate with beautiful freshness and purity, big richness and a great finish. Give it another couple of years and enjoy it through 2026. Drink 2015–2026.

VN94 94 pts. / Vinous (Jul 2014)

The Cabernet Franc-based El Alma de Jonata is magnificent in 2011. Violets, savory herbs, mint, plum and black cherries burst from the glass in an explosive, deeply varietal wine loaded with class, pedigree and elegance. Cabernet Franc notes take on greater prominence as the Alma opens up in the glass. This is one of the best wines that have come off this property. A second bottle that had been opened 24 hours before this tasting was positively explosive.

ST93 93 pts. / Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar (Nov/Dec 2014)

Glass-staining ruby. Heady scents of black and blue fruit preserves, potpourri and candied licorice, with sexy Asian spice and mint nuances in the background. Sweet, high-pitched and sharply delineated, showing excellent depth and clarity to the blackcurrant, mineral and floral pastille flavors. Finishes long and smoky, with supple tannins and an echoing floral pastille note.

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The United States now ranks fourth in the world in wine production behind, France, Italy, and Spain. While about 90% of that wine is produced in California, other states like Oregon, New York, and Washington are establishing themselves as prime spots for wine production, as well. Just about any variety of wine can be found in production somewhere in the United States.

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SKU 81370
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Jonata El Alma de Jonata
Country United States
Region California
District Central Coast
Product Location - Location-Appellation Santa Ynez Valley
Package Size 750 ml.
Wine/Spirit Brand Jonata
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2011
Can it Be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) 78% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot
Primary Grape Cabernet Franc
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
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