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.
Roasty rich blackberry, boysenberry, cocoa and dust on the nose. Rich ripe red and black fruit. Nice structure. Great fruit, tannin balance. Nice. - Tasted at Marché Bacchus 9/16/10
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
Nicely chewy as well, with a bit more minerality to the red fruit. This has an almost savory finish and is a bit more tannic than the ’01. No RS here at all.
External Reviews for Verite la Joie Red
From my perspective the 2007 La Joie is pure perfection. A Pauillac-like blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon 15% Merlot 8% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec it possesses a cedary fruitcake black currant tobacco leaf blackberry and graphite-scented bouquet. Layers of creme de cassis and blackberry liqueur intermixed with scorched earth truffle and toasty characteristics are spectacular as are the multidimensional mouthfeel fabulous purity and a 60-second finish. This 2007 will be accessible in 6-8 years and should drink well for 35-50+ years thereafter. Only those with cold cellars and enormous patience should purchase this modern day legend. The 2007s appear to be the greatest wines Verite has yet produced under the leadership of Jess Jackson and his winemaking guru Bordelais Pierre Seillan. These extraordinary wines built for the long term (much like top Bordeaux) are fashioned from some of the finest fruit sources Jess Jackson owns in Sonoma County. I have purchased and loved these cuvees from the beginning and have followed their aging process (which is glacially slow). Production of these wines is small but not ridiculously so. There are just over 1 460 cases of La Muse nearly 2 000 cases of La Joie and just under 1 900 cases of Le Desir. The 2008s are also strong efforts. Given the fact that Verite s wines often perform better out of bottle than they do from barrel this may be another powerful long-lived vintage. Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.
This 93% Merlot /7% Cabernet Franc blend (92% from the Alexander Mountain Estate, 6% from Bennett Valley and 2% from Knight's Valley) is a "kissing cousin" of the 2001, only softer and more flamboyant. Classically Californian in its exuberant, flamboyant, super-rich, unctuously textured style, the tannins are softer than in the 2001, but the wine unquestionably has the potential to last for another quarter of a century. It exhibits an opaque plum/purple color along with abundant notes of cassis, licorice, graphite, coffee cake and spice box. More approachable than the 2001, the 2002 will offer phenomenal drinking over the next 25 years.
2007 Verite La Joie Sonoma County - USA - Region: California - Apellation: Napa Valley - Grape - Cabernet Blend - 750 ml. 100 Robert Parker
Composed of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec, the 2007 s fruit came from four sources, Alexander Valley Mountain Estate, Knight s Valley, Chalk Hill and Bennett Valley. This utterly perfect, flawless wine reveals great intensity along with a wonderful perfume of roasted coffee, blueberries, blackberries, spring flowers, forest floor and crushed rock. Full-bodied and viscous without being heavy, the wine possesses admirable precision as well as good acidity and balance. This stunning wine is developing beautifully. It contains 14.4% alcohol (one of the highest amounts) and a final pH of 3.64. It should last another 30 years.
Good deep red-ruby. Complex aromas of cherry, plum, musky brown spices, licorice and menthol lifted by a floral topnote. Quite dry and youthfully imploded initially, then opened to show a creamy sweetness and growing pliancy to its red fruit and mineral flavors. This has firmed up since I saw it in barrel a year ago, while La Joie has become more harmonious. The most tannic of this outstanding trio of 2007s today, with the structure for a long and positive evolution in bottle.
The 2001 La Muse (85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Malbec; 500 cases) possesses a dense purple color as well as a big, sweet bouquet of chocolate-infused blackberries and cherries intermixed with hints of smoke, earth, and truffles. Full-bodied, with great intensity, tremendous purity, sweet, well-integrated tannin, and a long, blockbuster finish that lasts for 40+ seconds, it offers both power and finesse, a rarity in the super-charged world of big California reds. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020+. This is an out and out brilliant wine!
Full medium ruby. Superripe aromas of chocolate, leather, gunflint, coffee and menthol. Sweet, large-scaled and superripe, with a sappy freshness for such a lush, rich wine. Finishes very long and aromatic, with the tannins nicely supported by the wine's huge material. Winemaker Seillan considers the young 2002 to be more elegant than the 2001.
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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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