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
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 tine. Best from 2007 through 2013.
(71% cabernet sauvignon, 19% merlot and 10% cabernet franc) Good deep ruby color. Youthfully austere aromas of black fruits, licorice, shoe polish and maple syrup. Dense, rich and very deep, with sappy flavors of liqueur-like black fruits. This has remarkably lush texture for a cabernet-based wine. The finishing flavors reach every nook and cranny of the palate and go on and on.
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.
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 Joie'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 2-3 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 Knight'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 20-25 years. Interestingly, the pH is a normal 3.61 and the alcohol is only 14.1%.
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
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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