2016 Verité 'La Muse' Red Wine Sonoma County

$410.00
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The New World's answer to Pétrus, “La Muse” is densely framed in 2016 and rivals Pétrus for its complexity. Wine Advocate was stunned, “Wow—it comes strutting out of the glass with flamboyant crème de cassis, ripe plums and black cherries notes followed by nuances of aniseed, chocolate box, wild thyme, violets and chargrill plus a fragrant suggestion of potpourri. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, the densely packed perfumed black fruit layers are beautifully framed by perfectly ripe, finely grained tannins and fantastically knit freshness. It finishes long with the most incredible display of mineral sparks.” It is just Brilliant! 

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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.”

Varietal:
Proprietary Red
Winemaker:
Pierre Seillan
Vintage:
2016
Aging:
15 months
Oak Treatment:
French Oak; 100% new
Appellation:
Sonoma County
Total Varietal Composition %:
93% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec.
SKU #:
1040773
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Wine Advocate

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 La Muse is composed of 93% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec. Wow—it comes strutting out of the glass with flamboyant crème de cassis, ripe plums and black cherries notes followed by nuances of aniseed, chocolate box, wild thyme, violets and chargrill plus a fragrant suggestion of potpourri. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, the densely packed perfumed black fruit layers are beautifully framed by perfectly ripe, finely grained tannins and fantastically knit freshness. It finishes long with the most incredible display of mineral sparks. 2,300 cases were produced.

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Jeb Dunnuck

Including the highest percentage of Merlot (at the moment anyway), the 2016 La Muse checks in as 93% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and the balance Malbec that spent 15-16 months in roughly 90% new French oak. This magical wine shows how good Merlot (and Sonoma) can be and offers extraordinary notes of crushed violets, spring flowers, scorched earth, graphite, black cherries, and crème de cassis. As elegant and seamless as they come, it’s full-bodied, perfectly balanced, has an incredible spine of acidity and tannins, and a finish that won’t quit. It has the class and purity to drink well even today, but it’s not going to hit prime time for at least another decade and will keep for 3-4 decades. Bravo!