2004 Vérité La Muse

  • 98 WA
  • 87 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 60331-2004

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    ($150; 84% merlot, 8% cabernet franc, 5% cabernet sauvignon and 3% malbec) Bright red-ruby. Enticing aromas of plum, licorice, iron, mocha, tobacco and sexy nutty oak. Plush, spicy and sweet, with a lovely light touch to the silky flavors. Very suave wine, finishing long and firm, with noble tannins and lively acidity. Balanced to age but already accessible. Winemaker Pierre Seillan notes that the cabernet sauvignon component is to add |shoulders| to the wine, while the malbec contributes a spicy element.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2007
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    The 2004 La Muse, a blend of 88% Merlot / 8% Cabernet Franc / 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, is equal parts Alexander Mountain, Knight's Valley and Bennett Valley fruit with a tiny bit from Dry Creek. The wine grew incrementally as it sat in the glass. A dense purple color was followed by aromas of loamy soil, charcoal, asphalt, chocolate, freshly brewed espresso and abundant blackberry and cassis fruit. This deep, rich beauty is still young and primary, but is loaded with potential. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2035.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 87

    The Old and New Worlds meet in this massively structured yet agile and balanced blend, which shows aromas of black currant, fresh earth and leather, with lean flavors of blackberry, cedar and mineral that finish with chewy tannins. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec.
    Author: Tim Fish
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Brimming with fruit, yet restrained, not wild. Apart from Cali style, could be from St. Emilion.
    Author: Stephen G41
  • Self | Rating: 9.5

    Dark ruby in color, this wine has a brawny nose of pipe tobacco, cola, and incense. In the mouth it reminds me of an operatic baritone -- rich, clear and resonant with flavors of cherry, tobacco, cola, and beautiful cedar notes that merge with the drying, powdery tannins. |Hot damn| I wrote in my notebook, |this is definitely the best Bordeaux blend I've ever had from Sonoma County.| And all the while the finish kept going and going and going. 86% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2020
    Author: Vinography
"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

  • 115 bottles owned
  • 32 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 32 collectors)