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

SKU #1376416 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 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)  (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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Varietal:

Semillon

- A rich, viscous, full-flavored but subtly-scented and botrytis-prone white grape, Sémillon reaches magical heights when infected with "noble rot" and combined with even small amounts of the aromatic and high-acid Sauvignon Blanc to make Sauternes, one of the world's most revered and longest-lived wines, and in the sweet wines of surrounding regions like Barsac. Sémillon's most famous incarnation is in the wines of Château d'Yquem, one of the world's most expensive wines, and one that has been known to evolve for centuries. It frequently dominates, but not by much, in the oak-aged whites of Bordeaux's Graves and Pessac-Léognan, creating honeyed and viscous wines that are unlike any others. Elsewhere in Bordeaux and around France it takes on a supporting role in the wines of Entre-Deux-Mers and the Médoc. While planted throughout France, Europe, California and Washington, Sémillon's role as underling usually keeps it out of the spotlight with a few winery-specific exceptions. However, the grape is allowed to shine in Australia's Hunter Valley, where it is used to make an elegant dry wine often called, perplexingly, Hunter Valley Riesling. It also makes some incredible dry, oaked wines from the Barossa and lovely stickies in the style of Sauternes.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.