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Aabalat USD 295.00 750ml

Vérité Red Bordeaux Blend Sonoma County la Joie 2002

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98 points Robert Parker: 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%. (Jun 2012)

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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.

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.50 5
10/02/2010

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


Snooth User: Oenophilus
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3.00 5
12/19/2007

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

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The full-bodied, classically-styled, Bordeaux-like 2002 La Joiersquo;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 2ndash;3 years, or cellared for two decades.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

The full-bodied, classically-styled, Bordeaux-like 2002 La Joieandrsquo;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 2andndash;3 years, or cellared for two decades.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Bright ruby-red. Blackberry, licorice and mocha on the nose. Densely packed and juicy, with sharply delineated dark berry and floral flavors. Large-scaled, but light on its feet owing to its lovely lift. Serious, gripping wine with a long, bright finish.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

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


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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 Knightrsquo;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 20ndash;25 years. Interestingly, the pH is a normal 3.61 and the alcohol is only 14.1%.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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 cuveacute;e that must be tasted to be believed. It represents a synthesis between Francersquo;s Medoc and Northern Californiarsquo;s ripe fruit. Anticipated maturity: 2005ndash;2022.


External Review
10/06/2012

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... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2002 Verite La Joie 750ml


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98 points Robert Parker: 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%. (Jun 2012)

Aged 16 months in French Oak.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.2% pH: 3.51
Total Acidity: 6 grams per liter

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