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Verite la Joie Red Blend Sonoma County 2001

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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.

External Reviews for Verite la Joie Red Blend Sonoma County

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/27/2010

Subtle herb and mocha aromas carry over to the palate, where the earthy currant and cedar flavors are firm, with a tannic structure. A Bordeaux-like interpretation of Sonoma County Cabernet. Rich, concentrated and tightly wound. Needs time. Best from... Wine Spectator. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2001 Verite La Joie 750ml


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/04/2012

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!


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
02/18/2015

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%.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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 cuvée that must be tasted to be believed. It represents a synthesis between France's Medoc and Northern California's ripe fruit. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2022.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/28/2014

2001 was the first truly great vintage for Jess Jackson and Pierre Seillan and that is evidenced by the utterly perfect 2001 La Muse a blend of 87% Merlot 12% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec. Over three-fourths of it came from the Alexander Mountain estate of Jess Jackson and the rest from Chalk Hill Knights Valley and a tiny bit from Bennett Valley. This dense purple-colored effort exhibits notes of licorice creme de cassis plum sauce violets and truffles. Full-bodied with magnificent de


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/09/2013

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 2005andndash;2020+. This is an out and out brilliant wine!


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/09/2013

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 40andndash;50 years thereafter. Pierre Seillan told me that 44% of the grapes came from Alexander Valley, 35% from Knightandrsquo;s Valley and the rest from Chalk Hill.


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"A blend comprised primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon, La Joie expresses the richness and depth of a Pauillac-style wine. This wine begins with a blackberry color and a slightly spicy nose that possesses a note of smoke. Although La Joie's velvet texture is soft, it is powerful Cabernet Sauvignon fruit defines this wine. Intense black fruit flavor is complemented by hints of espresso and grilled herbs. Merlot adds a vibrant red berry character that enhances the full-bodied profile of this wine. Soft hints of vanilla are present in the impressive finish." - Pierre Seillan, Vigneron

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Total Acidity: 5.5 grams per liter

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