Verite "La Muse" Red 2012
(Sonoma County, California) - [RP 97] [ST 94-97] [AG 93-95]
Regular price $400.00 Sale price $389.97 Save $10.03
Crafted primarily from Merlot, this is a wine of supple fruit, earthen spice, and a seamless melding of finesse and power. Its exceptional balance and length highlight the variety’s potential in the new world.
Blend: 85% Merlot. 11% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec
Analysis: 14.5% alcohol, 0.54 ta, 3 .72 pH
Aging: 15 months barrel aging in 100% new French oak
The 2012 growing season was warmer than previous years, absent of severe heat spikes, rain or extreme cold weather. During the summer months, cool coastal morning fog was followed by abundant sunshine in the afternoon with temperatures frequently rising above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. These ideal weather conditions and daily temperature shifts allowed for even, slow ripening in the vineyards and produced fruit with intense, deep flavors and soft tannins. This vintage demonstrates near-perfect growing conditions and can simply be described as an exceptional year.
Ratings & Reviews
97 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2012 La Muse, which is 85% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 4% Malbec, is a smaller cuvée of 1,840 cases. The wine has plenty of spice box, cedar wood, Christmas fruitcake and Asian plum sauce, along with black cherry and blackcurrant fruit. Ripe, round, full-bodied and opulent, this is a wine that can be drunk now or cellared for another three decades. Interestingly, the alcohol levels are not all that high in any of these wines, with most of them rarely exceeding 14.3%." - Robert M. Parker, Jr. (Oct 2015)
94-97 Points - Stephen Tanzer:
"Deep ruby. Wonderfully pure aromas and flavors of crushed cassis, minerals and exotic spices. Huge, sweet and plush but utterly primary for a wine with so much flesh. Boasts the chocolatey richness of a topnotch Pomerol from a great year, but the wine's huge, ripe tannins will require at least five or six years of aging. Finishes with outstanding length." - Stephen Tanzer (May 2014)
93-95 Points - Antonio Galloni:
"Mocha, chocolate, dark plums, smoke and cloves are some of the notes that inform the 2012 La Muse. Dark, sumptuous and impeccably balanced, the 2012 is super-impressive. The flavors are bold and intense, and while there is plenty of size and volume, the wine's balance is simply impeccable. I imagine the 2012 will reward drinkers with a good 20 years or so of very fine drinking pleasure." - Antonio Galloni (January 2015)