2002 Verite - La Joie 750ml

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2002 Verite - La Joie

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International Wine Cellar | 94

($150; 68% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot and 12% cabernet franc) Bright ruby-red. Blackberry, licorice and mocha on the nose. Densely packed and juicy, with sharply delineated dark berry and floral flavors. Large-scaled but light on its feet owing to its lovely lift. Serious, gripping wine with a long, bright finish.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120

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Wine Advocate | 98

A spectacular blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec, over two-thirds of the fruit from the Alexander Valley Mountain Estate and the balance from Knight's Valley and Bennett Valley, the 2002 La Joie exhibits a sweet, opulent bouquet of charcoal, burning embers, forest floor, blackberries and kirsch. Deep, full-bodied, supple-textured, flamboyant and extroverted, with undeniable purity as well as finesse, it should drink well for another 20-25 years. Interestingly, the pH is a normal 3.61 and the alcohol is only 14.1%.

Drink Dates: 2012-2037
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 201

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Score: 98
Author: Thanos
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 10/26/2009
Drink Dates: 2007-2025
2002 Verite La Joie Add to Print List RATING: 98 points PRODUCER: Verite visit the producer FROM: North Coast, California, USA VARIETY: Proprietary Blend DRINK: 2007 - 2025 ESTIMATED COST: $115-$210 SOURCE: WA, #157 Feb 2005 Who Has It For Sale Show Other Tastings For This Wine The full-bodied, classically-styled, Bordeaux-like 2002 La Joie's (64.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28.5% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, and .3% Malbec) deep ruby/purple color is followed by gorgeous aromas of black truffles, scorched earth, tobacco leaves, blackberry and cassis liqueur, and notions of minerals as well as acacia flowers. This stunning red can be drunk in 2-3 years, or cellared for two decades.
Score: 92
Author: JMC22
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/04/2009
Drink Dates: 2007-2015
A vegetal nose with hints of chocolate and cola. Heavy forward focused tannins give way to an elegant light touch. Disappointed in the finish, but this is a good wine.

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More Vintages and Sizes of Verite - La Joie:

2010 (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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