Verite La Joie 2003, Sonoma County, USA
PRESS: Robert Parker - 95 points. "It represents a Sonoma County version of the famous Pauillac, Lynch Bages. Cedar, blackcurrant, licorice, black olive, coffee and white chocolate characteristics are found in this tannic, structured, masculine effort that still needs 4-5 years in the cellar. It should drink well for at least 20 years. These Vérité wines are not for those who lack patience."
Producer: Verite Winery
Region/Appellation: Sonoma County
Country Hierarchy: North Coast, California,USA
Grape/Blend: Bordeaux Blend Red (72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot)
Wine Style: Red - Bold and Structured
Alcohol Content: 14%
A saturated dense purple color emerges from the 2003 La Joie. A blend of 75.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19.8% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc, it offers up smoky, sweet scents of lead pencil shavings, cedar, spice box, volcanic earth, black currants, and smoke. With excellent fruit, full-bodied power, a layered texture, and an exceptionally long finish, it is not as accessible and plump as La Muse, and will benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age. It should drink well for 20-25 years.