This Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant blend hits perfection yet again, Jeb Dunnuck gave this 100 points, “This full-bodied, powerful yet elegant Cabernet Sauvignon couldn’t be better and has incredible purity, layers of crème de cassis, white flowers, tobacco leaf, and flowers, a deep, multi-dimensional texture, and loads of ultra-fine tannins. I’d confidently put this up against any Cabernet Sauvignon in the world.” The message of the soil is spoken brilliantly through this wine.
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“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.”
Another perfect wine is the 2016 La Joie, which is 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot sourced all from the estate vineyards in the Pocket Peak portion of the Alexander Valley. This full-bodied, powerful yet elegant Cabernet Sauvignon couldn’t be better and has incredible purity, layers of crème de cassis, white flowers, tobacco leaf, and flowers, a deep, multi-dimensional texture, and loads of ultra-fine tannins. I’d confidently put this up against any Cabernet Sauvignon in the world. As with the La Muse, it has the balance, purity, and class to drink spectacularly well even today, but it’s another wine that will benefit from a decade of cellaring and keep for 40-50 years.
The 2016 La Joie is a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Very deep purple-black in color, it gives up the most gorgeous scents of lilacs, baking spices, incense and star anise with a core of warm cassis, Black Forest cake, redcurrant jelly and unsmoked cigars. Full-bodied and built like a brick house, it has a firm frame of very ripe, grainy tannins and bold, multilayered black fruit, finishing very long and very spicy. 3,200 cases produced.