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Verite Cabernet Sauvignon la Joie 2002
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.
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.
Pauillac style. Still has nice red berry. Earthy nose. Nice age on it, providing still exuberant fruit tones with good tannin integration. Nice herbal tones and spice. - Tasted at Marché Bacchus 9/16/10
Clearly, Mr. Parker and I have difference of opinion - as usual. This is a superb wine, eventually. The reality is that no matter how good a wine becomes, waiting for it to open up after being decanted for the better part of a day detracts from the wine. It is points against whatever "score" it may later merit. The wine is lovely. A rich dark red that is so inviting. The nose is as multi-layered as they come: Myrrh, berry, cherry, sandalwood. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light even though is does have mid-range acid. Another detractor from the total experience is the presence of just enough Brett to pass the interesting funk and enter into the disconcerting. Even more disconcerting when I hear that the wine is aged all in new French oak. Where does the brett come from?
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
I was thrilled by the awesome quality of the 2001 La Joie, a blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 9% Cabernet Franc. Aromas and flavors of roasted espresso, grilled herbs, scorched earth, blackberries, and cassis liqueur are accompanied by an unctuously-textured, full-bodied, expansive, dense, phenomenally concentrated, pure blockbuster. It should be at its finest between 2005ndash;2020+. This is an out and out brilliant wine!
The 2001 La Joie (71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc) remains a backward, youthful wine revealing an inky/purple color as well as notes of graphite, licorice, creme de cassis, truffles and new saddle leather. It has fabulous fruit on the attack and mid-palate, a massive, concentrated, tannic mouthfeel and a long finish. Even younger than La Muse, it needs another decade of cellaring and should age for 40ndash;50 years thereafter. Pierre Seillan told me that 44% of the grapes came from Alexander Valley, 35% from Knightrsquo;s Valley and the rest from Chalk Hill.
The full-bodied, classically-styled, Bordeaux-like 2002 La Joieandrsquo;s (64.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28.5% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, and .3% Malbec) deep ruby/purple color is followed by gorgeous aromas of black truffles, scorched earth, tobacco leaves, blackberry and cassis liqueur, and notions of minerals as well as acacia flowers. This stunning red can be drunk in 2andndash;3 years, or cellared for two decades.
A spectacular blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec, over two-thirds of the fruit from the Alexander Valley Mountain Estate and the balance from Knightrsquo;s Valley and Bennett Valley, the 2002 La Joie exhibits a sweet, opulent bouquet of charcoal, burning embers, forest floor, blackberries and kirsch. Deep, full-bodied, supple-textured, flamboyant and extroverted with undeniable purity as well as finesse, it should drink well for another 20ndash;25 years. Interestingly, the pH is a normal 3.61 and the alcohol is only 14.1%.
The 1999 La Joie (59% Cabernet Sauvignon and 41% Merlot) exhibits sumptuous aromas of sweet saddle leather, cigar smoke, chocolaty black currants, and blackberries. It is sweet, rich, full-bodied, complex, and tastes like a Bordeaux on steroids. This is an enormously endowed, classic, distinctive cuveacute;e that must be tasted to be believed. It represents a synthesis between Francersquo;s Medoc and Northern Californiarsquo;s ripe fruit. Anticipated maturity: 2005ndash;2022.
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.
Food Pairings for Verite Cabernet Sauvignon la Joie
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.
|Total Acidity: 5.9 grams per liter|
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