Vinous 96 Points: “Jonata’s Cabernet Franc-based red is so elegant and so gorgeous. Sweet floral notes, cedar, mocha, grilled herbs, licorice and sweet pipe tobacco give the 2018 striking aromatic intensity and depth that builds with air. Bright and beautifully focused to its core, the Alma is positively striking in 2018.”
Jeb Dunnuck 96 Points: “Based on 62% Cabernet Franc, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Merlot, brought up in 20% new French oak, the deep purple 2018 El Alma de Jonata boasts a rocking Cabernet Franc nose of smoked black fruits, tobacco, chocolate, and earth as well as medium to full-bodied richness, ripe tannins, good acidity, and a great finish.
Matt Dees Winemaker: “Singular and dramatic nose of cocoa powder, scorched earth, fresh mint and raspberry preserves. Black plum and cassis on the attack. Pencil shavings, dusty gravel, kalamata olive and lavender. Complex and wonderful convergence of earth, herb and darkness. Ample generosity, but ultimately remains light and fresh, vibrant and lively. Perfumed, chalky and profound. Pushes from generous fruit on the attack to a long and memorable finish. Lovely race to see whether fruit, tannic structure or bright acidity will win. All seem to push for minutes. An ethereal and driven Alma. A seemingly unique combination: aromatic and tense 2008 meets the black fruit-driven 2009 powerhouse.”
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