Verite "La Joie" Red 2010
(Sonoma County, California) - [VM 95-97] [ST 96+] [RP 92+]
Regular price $450.00 Sale price $349.97 Save $100.03
About the Winery:
Jess Jackson convinced Bordelais Pierre Seillan to come to California from St.-Emilion to make these wines, and Vérité has been one of the classics for well over a decade. The La Muse cuvee represents a Pomerol-styled wine, La Joie a Medoc and Le Desir a St.-Emilion. These are long-term, concentrated, tannic efforts that usually require 5-10 years of bottle age, and are meant to age for at least three decades. Seillan has crafted multiple 100 point Wine Advocate wines under the Vérité label to date!
The Vérité Estate is located in the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountain range at the southern tip of Sonoma County's Alexander Valley. This unique location is just north of the confluence of the Chalk Hill and Knights Valley appellations, an area know for superior soil, climate, and potential to express a strong sense of terroir.
About this Wine:
Derived from a layered concentration of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon grown along the steep hillsides and volcanic benches of the Mayacamas Mountains, La Joie is a commanding wine that will reward the patient collector. A true thoroughbred, it is exuberant, energetic, and proud—eager to show off at the first opportunity.
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc
Ratings & Reviews
"The 2010 La Joie is a cool, mineral-drenched wine oozing with class and elegance. Today the 2010 is all about potential, and there is no shortage of that here. Blackberries, cassis, graphite and spices are some of the many notes that wrap around the powerful, insistent finish. This is another showstopper from Verite. In 2010 La Joie is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon 14% Merlot 5% Cabernet Franc 6% Petit Verdot." (Feb 2012)
95 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:
"(75% cabernet sauvignon, 14% merlot, 6% petit verdot and 5% cabernet franc): Bright ruby-red. Aromas of crushed cassis, bitter chocolate and espresso called to mind a top Pauillac. Densely packed and sappy, offering outstanding precision of dark fruit and mineral flavors and inner-mouth floral perfume. Still quite tight but the wine's building tannins and palate-staining length suggest that it will go on in bottle for two decades or more." - Stephen Tanzer (May/June 2014)
94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"With the lowest alcohol (14%), the 2010 La Joie is composed of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Copious aromas of incense, unsmoked cigar tobacco, Christmas fruitcake, cedar, underbrush, black currants and a hint of espresso roast emerge from this medium to full-bodied, rich, concentrated red. It needs 4-5 years of cellaring and should keep well for 2 to 3 decades." - Robert Parker (Dec 2013)