Sonoma County’s answer to Pétrus, “La Muse” is an intoxicating treat in 2015. It’s gloriously floral and rich, with “exuberant crème de cassis, blueberry pie and licorice notes plus suggestions of Indian spices, dark chocolate, menthol, sautéed herbs and potpourri.” Brilliant!
“Vérité” is the French word for “truth” and, in truth, Vérité makes three of California’s finest Bordeaux-style reds. Located in the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains at the southern tip of Sonoma County's Alexander Valley, Vérité draws from three superb Sonoma mountain vineyards, one each in Alexander Valley, Bennett Valley and Knights Valley. Winemaker Pierre Seillan, who spent more than two decades honing his craft in Bordeaux before coming to California in 1997, selects fruit from choice ‘micro-crus’ (small sections of a vineyard that best express its character) within these sites to craft Vérité’s acclaimed reds. “La Muse” is a Pomerol-style blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, “La Joie” a Pauillac-inspired wine made predominantly from Cabernet Sauvignon, and “Le Désir” a Cabernet Franc-Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon blend modeled on the wines St. Emilion. All three consistently earn eye-popping scores from Robert Parker and other leading wine critics, confirming the old adage that “the truth will win out.”
Composed of 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec, the 2015 La Muse sports a very deep garnet-purple color, leaping from the glass with exuberant crème de cassis, blueberry pie and licorice notes plus suggestions of Indian spices, dark chocolate, menthol, sautéed herbs and potpourri. Full-bodied, rich and seductive in the mouth, it delivers tons of black and blue fruit preserves flavors, accented by exotic spices, framed with velvety tannins and finishing on a persistent earthy/mineral note.
The 2015 La Muse is developing beautifully. Ripe, ample and voluptuous in the glass, the 2015 exudes character. Even with all of its obvious intensity, the 2015 has quite a bit of freshness to balance out the ripe, racy Merlot-based fruit. Super-ripe red cherry, plum, mocha and spice notes build into the racy, inviting finish.
This is dense yet agile young red with aromas and flavors of blackberries, black olives and black truffles. Full-bodied, layered and rich. Pretty ripe and melted tannins. Top merlot. Drink or hold.