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1999 Vérité La Joie

  • 95 WA
  • 86 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 60330-1999-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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: May/June 2002
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 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.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 86

    Firm, with compact dill- and earth-laced currant, olive and blackberry. Turns tannic and leathery and reflects plenty of charred-oak aging, and while it's well-structured, the dry oakiness on the finish is a concern. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. 1,900 cases made.
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: AllanBG
  • Self | Rating: 92

    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!
    Author: cloudon
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    Author: My Cellar
"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

  • 717 bottles owned
  • 164 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 164 collectors)