2003 Verite - Le Desir 1.5L

USA - California - Sonoma/ Red / Proprietary Blend
2003 Verite - Le Desir
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International Wine Cellar | 93(+?)

(a St. Emilion-style blend of 44% merlot, 41% cabernet franc, 11% cabernet sauvignon and 4% malbec) Ruby-red. Brooding, perfumed aromas of dark fruits, violet and chocolate. Sweet and intensely flavored, with lively acids framing the currant, black raspberry, mineral and dark chocolate flavors. Very densely packed wine, with the sheer material to support its big, ripe tannins. Give this plenty of aeration if you plan to open a bottle anytime soon. Or, better yet, lay it down for six to eight years.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Wine Advocate | 99

My favorite of this trio is the 2003 Le Desir, a Sonoma County St.-Emilion look-alike made from 41% Cabernet Franc, 44% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Malbec (14.3% alcohol). Hints of graphite, mulberries, black cherries, black currants, licorice, dusty loamy soil, truffles and spice emerge from this strikingly fragrant, complex 2003. Full-bodied with formidable intensity, sweet tannin and a long, layered finish that lasts for nearly 50 seconds, this is a tour de force and a compelling 2003. Accessible now, it should continue to drink well for two decades. Bravo!

Drink Dates: 2013-2033
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 207

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Score: 90
Author: Maxcontinuous
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 09/23/2010
Cooked
Score: 94
Author: Philasinger
Tasted On: 04/02/2010
More Vintages and Sizes of Verite - Le Desir:

2010 (750ml)
2001 (1.5L)

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