1998 Verite - Red

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA /
  • 92 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend

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SKU: 83720-1998-750-0
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    (Release date 4/01) The 1998 Merlot is an inter-appellation blend of 62% Sonoma and 38% Napa. It is a 2,000-case blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Eighty-five percent of the malolactic was done in barrel and the wine was bottled without any clarification. It is a blockbuster Merlot, and certainly a formidable achievement for 1998. The wine shows a dense black/purple color, an enormous nose of espresso roast, melted chocolate, blackberries, cherries, and sweet truffle/earthy notes. Very full-bodied, astonishingly concentrated, extremely pure, and well-balanced, this is a blockbuster effort that can be drunk now (it has relatively high pH and low acidity) or cellared for 15-20 years. This wine, which Seillan calls |wine without compromise,| is aged in 100% new French oak for about 13 months.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Rating: 90

    Deep ruby. Sappy, sweet aroma dominated by black raspberry; impressively ripe for '98. Lush and sweet, with black fruit and lead pencil flavors of noteworthy depth. Finishes very long, with dusty, even tannins. Almost magically escapes the herbaceousness that plagues most '98 cabernet-based wines from California North Coast. This was made possible but severe selection, according to winemaker Pierre Seillan, who added that he used SO2 to protect the fruit and delay the onset of fermentation, then used a |faster| yeast in order to avoid extracting green tannins.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2001
  • Rating: 92

    The 1998 Merlot is an inter-appellation blend of 62% Sonoma and 38% Napa. It is a 2,000-case blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Eighty-five percent of the malolactic was done in barrel and the wine was bottled without any clarification. It is a blockbuster Merlot, and certainly a formidable achievement for 1998. The wine shows a dense black/purple color, an enormous nose of espresso roast, melted chocolate, blackberries, cherries, and sweet truffle/earthy notes. Very full-bodied, astonishingly concentrated, extremely pure, and well-balanced, this is a blockbuster effort that can be drunk now (it has relatively high pH and low acidity) or cellared for 15-20 years. This wine, which Seillan calls |wine without compromise,| is aged in 100% new French oak for about 13 months.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Rating: 90

    Dark, rich and chocolaty, with black cherry and blackberry fruit that's deep and concentrated. Gains complexity with mineral, cedar, coffee and tarry notes, turning dry and tannic. 1,956 cases made. (JL)
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: RDV
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Tj R
  • Self | Rating:

    A pleasant, very good but not remarkable wine. Not what I call a typical california with lots of wood, heat, alchohol. Moderate attack on mid-palate leading with a moderate fruit (blackberry, cassis) attack. Modest finish. No, bordeaux-like minerality, but bordeaux like fruit. Enjoyable, drinkable wine to be had with food, not necessarilly typical california carnivorous feast, but a wider range of meat/chicken savory lead foods....
    Author: DJS
"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.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 252 bottles owned
  • 62 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 62 collectors)