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
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
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.
Charred, smoky nose of cherry and red currant. Surprisingly smooth on the palate given the smoky nose. Nice acidity remains. Graphite and stone influence. - Tasted at Marché Bacchus 9/16/10
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?
External Reviews for Vérité Red Bordeaux Blend Sonoma County la Joie
How much fun collectors will have comparing the 2007 and 2008 La Joies over the next three decades. A blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon 14% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc Petit Verdot and Malbec (48% from Alexander Valley Mountain Estate 34% from Chalk Hill and 18% from Knight s Valley) the 2008 has similar technical numbers to the 2007 (a pH of 3.68 and 14.4% alcohol). Wonderful notes of roasted herbs asphalt black truffles blackberries cassis camphor and subtle oak are present in the majestic aromatics. In the mouth the wine is extraordinarily concentrated pure and dense with amazing length. It is another 30-40 year wine that confirms the confidence the late Jess Jackson had in both his vineyard sources and his winemaker Pierre Seillan. Robert Parker Jr. Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.
How much fun collectors will have comparing the 2007 and 2008 La Joies over the next three decades. A blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec (48% from Alexander Valley Mountain Estate, 34% fro... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2008 Verite La Joie 750ml
Good red-ruby. Musky aromas of blueberry, licorice and dusty spices. Dense and sappy, with terrific grip and saline intensity to the dark berry, dark chocolate, clove and mace flavors. Wonderfully energetic Saint-Emilion style of wine, with exhila... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2008 Verite Le Desir 750ml
A blend of 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec (52% Chalk Hill, 45% Alexander Mountain Estate and 3% Bennett Valley fruit), the 2008 may have even greater intensity and richness than the 2007. Still young and unformed, it exhibits phenomenal ... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2008 Verite La Muse 750ml
The fruit for this blend of 61% Cabernet Franc, 31% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec came from Chalk Hill (58%) and Alexander Valley (42%). Pierre Seillan believes the Chalk Hill fruit provides a truffle-like character and the Alexan... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2008 Verite Le Desir 750ml
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.
Food Pairings for Vérité Red Bordeaux Blend Sonoma County la Joie
"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
|Alcohol: 14.2%||pH: 3.65|
|Total Acidity: 5.5 grams per liter|
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