1999 Verite - La Joie 750ml

USA - California - Sonoma/ Red / Proprietary Blend
1999 Verite - La Joie
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International Wine Cellar | 94

(a 60/40 blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot) Full ruby color. Smoky aromas of currant and roasted tobacco. Lush, sweet and rich; a huge wine with a silky, utterly mouthfilling texture but also plenty of underlying structure. Finishes with very fine tannins, superb sweetness and lingering notes of black cherry and violet. Built to age but distinctly user-friendly today.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 102

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Wine Advocate | 95

Composed of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon and 41% Merlot (89% from Sonoma and 11% from Napa), the 1999 is a much younger wine than the 1998 and still has some upside potential. A deep ruby/purple color is followed by notes of graphite, unsmoked high class cigar tobacco, black currants and flowers. Round and generous with some tannins in the finish, it is close to full maturity and should drink well for another 15+ years.

Drink Dates: 2011-2026
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 195

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Score:
Author: My Cellar
Tasted On: 11/11/2014
unlabeled
Score: 92
Author: cloudon
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 07/15/2011
the verite line has always been fantastic. The secondary notes were very noticable in the la joie. It had softened quite a bit but showed no lack of fruit. Smooth tannins, dark cherry notes, and some caramel for the finish. Very good stuff!
Score: 91
Author: AllanBG
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 11/13/2009
More Vintages and Sizes of Verite - La Joie:

2010 (750ml)
2002 (750ml)
2001 (1.5L)

About This Producer


"The name Verite, French for truth, stands for wines that reflect their soil with integrity." The artisanal project of the late legendary California wine pioneer Jess Jackson, Verite sets out to produce serious Bordeaux-quality wines, with distinct California charm. To carry out his vision, Jackson imported Bordelais winemaker Pierre Seillan to craft three separate cuvees, each in the style of individual Bordeaux communes.

From high elevation vineyards in Sonoma County's Alexander Valley, Knight's Valley, Bennett Valley and Chalk Hill appellations, comes "La Joie," "Le Desire," and "La Muse." While "La Joie" is a Cabernet-based nod to Paulliac, "Le Desire" and "La Muse" aspire toward Cabernet Franc-friendly Saint-Emilion and Merlot-centric Pomerol respectively. Not unlike their Bordeux counterparts, these wines are built to last 30-50 years, so to expect a typical fruit-driven, vivacious wine would be a mistake. The care taken to craft these profound efforts has been recognized by Robert Parker, who has awarded seven 100-point scores for Verite's three blends, the first time a Sonoma County winery has received this many perfect scores.

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