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100
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Verité 2007 La Muse Red (Sonoma County)

  1. $450

This wine dazzles with perfection. Sourced from vineyards throughout Sonoma County, it refutes the belief that a great Cabernet must come from a single vineyard. It does not. The master’s art of blending, coupled with demanding vineyard practices lends completeness. The blend is 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec, making it an extraordinary success…

 — S.H.  (7/1/2012)
98
points

Verité 2006 La Joie Red (Sonoma County)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $300

Massive essence of Cabernet Sauvignon, a triumph. Shows huge waves of blackberries, black currants and cassis, dark chocolate, earthy minerals and considerable oak, which is tasteful and unobtrusive, With its dryness and perfect balance, it will easily negotiate the years. Should be fine well past the year 2020.

 — S.H.  (5/1/2011)
97
points

Verité 2008 Le Desir Red (Sonoma County)

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  1. $450

The 2008 vintage presented challenges for Cabernet Sauvignon, but this Cabernet Franc-based blend succeeds wildly. It’s bone dry, tannic and enormously complex, with flavors of sour-cherry candy, red currant, licorice and spicy cola. Ninety-five percent new oak lends this a wonderful toastiness. Few wines could handle that much new wood, but this one can. However…

 — S.H.  (7/1/2012)
97
points

Verité 2007 Le Desir Red (Sonoma County)

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  1. $450

A spectacular wine that defines the upper limit of California Bordeaux-style blends. Based on Cabernet Franc and Merlot, with splashes of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, this is delicious and complex, offering a blast of blackberry, blueberry-concentrate and mineral flavors. Comprised of fruit grown throughout Sonoma County, this is a masterpiece of the art of…

 — S.H.  (7/1/2012)
96
points

Verité 2007 La Joie Red (Sonoma County)

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  1. $450

The blend is mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, with the other four classic Bordeaux varieties added for complexity. The grapes were sourced from vineyards throughout Sonoma County, and the finished wine was aged in 75% new oak. It’s very fine, with concentrated, intense blackberry, cherry and crème de cassis flavors.Minerality, in the form of granite, lends a lick of…

 — S.H.  (7/1/2012)
95
points

Verité 2006 Le Desir Red (Sonoma County)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $300

Extremely tannic at the age of five years, and that astringency accentuates the dryness, making the wine austere and distant. It has a dense, complex core of blackberries, coated with immaculately fine, sweet oak. Feels important and dramatic, but too young. Begs to be housed in a good cellar for a good eight years.

 — S.H.  (5/1/2011)
94
points

Verité 2008 La Joie Red (Sonoma County)

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  1. $450

Right now this is not typically soft and lush like a cult Cab, but hard in tannins, with minerality like little particles of granite. Buried deep down is a pirate’s treasure of ripe, intense blackberry fruit. New oak, to the tune of 94%, doesn’t cloud the wine, suggesting this blend’s its intensity and concentration. The wine is comprised of all five classic…

 — S.H.  (7/1/2012)
94
points

Verité 2006 La Muse Red (Sonoma County)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $260

Lots going on in this mountain-grown wine. It’s perfectly dry and strong in tannins, with an elusive quality of excellence that testifies to the best terroir. Showing blackberry, black cherry, mineral and oak flavors, it should develop bottle complexity for at least the next decade.

 — S.H.  (5/1/2011)
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