2004 Verite - Le Desir

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 98 WA
  • 88 WS
  • 96 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 75098-2004-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96

    ($150; 50% merlot, 47% cabernet franc and 3% cabernet sauvignon) Deep, bright ruby-red. Complex, spicy nose melds currant, black cherry, licorice, iron and flinty minerality. Suave, sharply delineated and deep, with a terrific core of spice to the classy, perfumed fruit. This boasts stunning inner-mouth aromatic character and a wonderfully subtle sweetness. The noble, fine-grained tannins complement the wine's slow-mounting, extremely long finishing flavors. This should be spectacular with four or five years of bottle aging.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2007
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    Sleek and well-structured, with red currant and toasty oak aromas and black cherry, dried sage and leather flavors that finish on a complex but firm note. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.
    Author: Tim Fish
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    The first truly profound Le Desir, the 2004, a blend of 49% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, exhibits the deepest, most concentrated and multidimensional personality of the first five vintages of this cuvee. A dense plum/purple color is accompanied by notes of graphite, forest floor, unsmoked cigar tobacco, licorice and fruitcake. Full-bodied, layered and opulent, it can be drunk now or cellared for 10+ years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 9.5

    Medium to dark ruby in color, this wine has a surprisingly Old World nose of earth, graphite, and the unmistakable scent of green bell pepper, which manages to hover well below the range of objectionable. In the mouth that greenness manifests as a hint of green wood studded in a matrix of bright cherry fruit dusted with fine tannins. Beautiful texture and a long finish make for lingering pleasure on the palate. 49% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Franc, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, with a splash (0.1%) of Malbec.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2020
    Author: Vinography
  • Self | Rating: 96

    The 2004 Le Desir is still drinking fairly young, but drinks well now. I know this might be blasphemy for some, but I think the fruit quality, balance and overall quality rivals Cheval Blanc, if not exceeds it.
    Author: RDV
"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

  • 125 bottles owned
  • 35 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 35 collectors)