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Verite Cabernet Sauvignon la Joie 2002

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, Le Desir represents the grace and opulence of the best St. Emillion-style wines. A deep claret color is followed by a spicy floral fragrance, with vanilla and oak notes in the background, characteristic of Cabernet Franc. The balance between the power of the fruit and the subtle complexity of the flavors is captured when bright red cherry notes veer towards darker plum and fig tones, with spice and cinnamon on a very long finish.

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Verite Winery:
The Vérité Estate is located in the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountain range at the southern tip of Sonoma County's Alexander Valley. Vérité's unique location, shared by only one other winery, is just north of the confluence of the Chalk Hill and Knights Valley appellations.

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Snooth User: Robert Red
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03/07/2009

I was trying to enter 4.5 glasses but for some reason couldn't get the site to cooperate. Although this could be a 5 glass rating some day. Right now I think 4.5 is more accurate. In case my full review did not make it when I submitted a few moments ago, I found this to be a very good wine with wonderful complex nose. The relationship to the terroir is unmistakable in my view and is the closest thing to a French style Bordeaux that I have had from California. I do think that this wine will benefit from additional cellaring time. The alcohol was a little forward for me and I think this will mellow out in time. This is a very enjoyable wine now, but I think a few more years and it will be better. There are so many things going on with the flavors that it is a joy to taste it over a prolonged period of time. I did not have any food while I drank it as I wanted to just have the wine. There is little question that this wine would go well with a filet or a prime rib and even a veal dish. You just have to smile drinking this wine. It is what I think wine is about. I recommend.


External Reviews for Verite Cabernet Sauvignon la Joie

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/04/2012

This attractive blend of 53% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Malbec is round, fruity, fleshy, medium to full-bodied and seemingly fully mature. Enjoy it over the next decade. It is the most evolved and least concentrated of Veritersquo;s 2002s.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Dark ruby-red. Black cherry, mocha and licorice on the nose. Ripe, broad and dry; suave and sophisticated. Flavors of red berries lifted by floral and mineral components. Densely packed, backward wine, finishing with substantial dusty tannins.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/04/2012

Complimentary adjectives are almost inappropriate for the extraordinary complexity, fabulous richness, and sheer nobleness and beauty of the 2002 Le Desir (52.7% Merlot, 41.2% Cabernet Franc, and tiny percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec). Dense aromas of creosote, burning wood embers, blackberries, blueberries, and violets are offered in the full-bodied, fabulously complex perfume. Full-bodied, with tremendous complexity, a voluptuous texture, and flavors of plum liqueur, figs, chocolate, espresso, and minerals, this is a tour de force in winemaking. Anticipated maturity: nowndash;2020.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

The 2001 Le Desir (50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 1% Malbec) is an enormously concentrated, sweet yet elegant, medium to full-bodied effort revealing intense notes of red, black, and blue fruit intermixed with camphor, lead pencil shavings, and spice box characteristics. Rich and intensely flavored yet remarkably light on its feet for such power, with beautifully integrated wood, acidity, alcohol, and tannin in the long finish, it will provide immense pleasure if drunk between 2004-2025. This is an out and out brilliant wine!


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

Complimentary adjectives are almost inappropriate for the extraordinary complexity, fabulous richness, and sheer nobleness and beauty of the 2002 Le Desir (52.7% Merlot, 41.2% Cabernet Franc, and tiny percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec). Dense aromas of creosote, burning wood embers, blackberries, blueberries, and violets are offered in the full-bodied, fabulously complex perfume. Full-bodied, with tremendous complexity, a voluptuous texture, and flavors of plum liqueur, figs, chocolate, espresso, and minerals, this is a tour de force in winemaking. Anticipated maturity: nowandndash;2020.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

The 2002 Le Desir may be the finest example of this cuvee yet produced. A blend of 52.7% Merlot 41.2% Cabernet Franc and a tiny dollop of Cabernet Sauvignon as well as Malbec it performs like a ballet dancer. Magnificently muscled symmetrical and stunningly proportioned it is medium to full-bodied with explosive aromatics reminiscent of a charcoal fire combined with blackberry and currant fruit as well as violets. It possesses layers of concentration a massive yet surprisingly light mid-palate and a huge rich finish. Somehow it does not come close to tasting over the top heavy or forced but is clearly a blockbuster. This thrilling 2002 should hit its prime in 2-3 years and last for two decades. The 2002 Le Desir should be on everyones shopping list. This is an out and out brilliant wine! Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


External Review
11/25/2009

RP: 97 Points


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Tasting Notes:

The 2002 vintage marks Pierre Seillan's third vintage of Le Désir and represents his continued dedication to craft wines without compromise. A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, Le Désir represents the grace and opulence of the best St. Emilion-style wines. A deep claret color is followed by a spicy floral fragrance, with vanilla and oak notes in the background, characteristic of Cabernet Franc. The balance between the power of the fruit and the subtle complexity of the flavors is captured when bright red cherry notes veer towards darker plum and fig tones, with spice and cinnamon on a very long finish. Le Désir represents Pierre Seillan's passion for the unpretentious Cabernet Franc grape. Although most frequently used to enhance Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon blends, Cabernet Franc, when crafted with an artisan approach, possesses the character to play the principle role in a fine wine blend. The 2002 Le Désir is a blend of multiple micro-crus that strive to showcase the character of our Alexander Valley Cabernet Franc. The Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon for Le Désirs are also sourced primarily from micro-crus in Alexander Valley as well as from Sonoma County's newest appellation - Bennett Valley.

A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, Le Desir represents the grace and opulence of the best St. Emillion-style wines. A deep claret color is followed by a spicy floral fragrance, with vanilla and oak notes in the background, characteristic of Cabernet Franc. The balance between the power of the fruit and the subtle complexity of the flavors is captured when bright red cherry notes veer towards darker plum and fig tones, with spice and cinnamon on a very long finish.

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 5.9 grams per liter

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