Verite 2015 - Le Desir 750 ml.
USA - Sonoma
Red - Vintage: 2015 - Size: 750 ml.
Verite Winery is a wine producer based in Sonoma County in California. It is most famous for its three Bordeaux-styled blends: La Muse, La Joie, and Le Desir, which have all received 100-point scores from American wine critic Robert Parker over several vintages. Winemaker Pierre Seillan got his start working with Bordeaux varieties at his family's estate in Armagnac. Before moving to the United States, he worked at Chateau de Targe in Saumur-Champigny in the Loire Valley, and at several chateaux in Bordeaux. Upon meeting vintner Jess Jackson in the 1990s, Seillan decided to move to Sonoma to make Bordeaux blend wines. Verite sources fruit from the Alexander Valley, Bennett Valley, Knights Valley and Chalk Hill AVAs in Sonoma County. This range of sites provides more than 40 different types of soil, a range of altitudes and several different mesoclimates. Each vineyard block is vinified separately before a final blend for each wine is created. The three Verite blends are dominated by a different Bordeaux variety. La Muse is Merlot-based, La Joie is Cabernet Sauvignon-based, and Le Desir is primarily Cabernet Franc. Due to the wines' success with the press, they are only available through a mailing list.
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 creme de cassis, blueberry pie and licorice notes plus suggestions of Indian spices, dark chocolate, menthol, sauteed 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. 3,900 cases were made.
James Suckling: 98
Love the aromas of black cherries and blackberries, violets and roses. Stunning. Full-bodied, layered and dense with focus and precision. Full tannins, yet compressed and polished. A great cabernet franc-based red. Give this four to five years of bottle age before drinking but already beautiful to taste.