2003 Verite - La Muse

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 95 WA
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 60331-2003-750-0
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    A California version of a Pomerol, the 2003 La Muse is a blend of 84% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Malbec that tips the scales at 14.2% alcohol. It is just beginning to reveal such secondary nuances as cedarwood, Christmas fruitcake, red and black currants, licorice and tapenade. Full-bodied with an imposing structure, the wine's fruit, purity, denseness and richness suggest it can be approached, but it is capable of lasting another 25+ years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    (83.5% merlot, 10% cabernet franc, 5.5% cabernet sauvignon and 1% malbec) Full ruby-red. Deep aromas of currant, mocha, chocolate, iron, tobacco and dried herbs, with a liqueur-like nuance. Round, vinous and rich, with highly concentrated flavors of currant, leather and chocolate. There's a silkiness to the texture and a candied note to the wine's fruit, but this powerfully structured merlot-based wine's building tannins and uncompromising dryness will require at least four or five years of cellaring.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2006
  • Self | Rating: 88

    Two people at the table actually pegged this as Chilean - the wine was confusing. Wet topsoil, olive, green pepper, herbs, and some VA on the nose. Stewed and dried plum on the palate. Heavy alcohol rips through the structure/balance. This wine might have a long life ahead of it - if the fruit doesn't die out.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2016
    Author: JMC22
"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

  • 133 bottles owned
  • 41 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 88
    (Out of 41 collectors)