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.
Franc driven St. Emilion style. Earthy, rich cab franc nose. Hay, pencil shavings, earth, brush and herbs. Rhubarb, sassafrass, and toasty raspberry. - Tasted at Marché Bacchus 9/16/10
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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!
Saturated medium ruby. Great superripe aromas of blackberry, violet, roast coffee, chicory and minerals. A huge, mouthfilling wine that coats every square millimeter of the mouth. Offers great sweetness and flavor intensity without any excess weight, thanks to perfectly integrated acidity. Finishes with big, toothdusting tannins and great persistence and thrust. I'd love to slip a sample of this in a tasting of St. Emilion wines.
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 Verite's 2002s.
The 2001 Le Desir (50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Malbec) came from Alexander Valley Mountain Estate fruit (two-thirds), 30% from Chalk Hill and a tiny dollop from Knight's Valley. The most evolved of these three wines, it exhibits complex notes of spring flowers, underbrush, truffles, forest floor, camphor and red as well as black fruits. It possesses an opulent, full-bodied mouthfeel, fabulous purity and density and a long finish. The finish for all three of these wines lasts for close to a minute. Each represents extraordinary craftsmanship and, essentially, vinous confirmation of the vision of the late Jess Jackson. Those who think too many California wines are over the top may be surprised to know that the Le Desir's pH is 3.68 and its true alcohol level is 14.1%.
A St.-Emilion look-alike, the 2007 Le Desir (44% Cabernet Franc, 44% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec) is close to perfection. Sweet, intoxicating aromas of licorice, tobacco leaf, incense, black currants, black cherries, and bay leaves are followed by a wine with extraordinary concentration, a hint of toasty oak, full body, admirable purity, and a multilayered personality. It begs for 5andndash;8 years of cellaring, and should keep for 30+ years.
A profound blend of 44% Cabernet Franc, 44% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Malbec, with 56% of the fruit from Chalk Hill, 26% from the Alexander Valley Mountain Estate, 14% from Knightandrsquo;s Valley and 4% from Bennett Valley, the 2007 is a wine of unbelievable intensity. It boasts a deep blue/purple color as well as notes of acacia flowers, graphite, licorice, blackberries, blueberries and a hint of burning embers/charcoal, superb intensity and purity, and abundant tannin in the finish. This massive wine needs 5andndash;6 more years of bottle age, and is meant for 35andndash;40 years of cellaring.
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.
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A wine that is concentrated black fruits in a glass, it is very spiced, dense, complex and long with discreet oak notes. The bouquet and the palate will continue to develop over the next 5-10 years.
|Total Acidity: 5.6 grams per liter|
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