2012 Verite - Le Desir

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 100 WA
  • 88 WS
  • 96 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 75098-2012-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 98

    (14.2% alcohol; 64% cabernet franc, 24% merlot, 8% cabernet sauvignon and 4% malbec): Bright, deep ruby. Seriously dark aromas of cassis, violet, bitter chocolate and espresso. Hugely rich and ripe but with uncanny energy and definition to the flavors of black raspberry and musky bitter chocolate. This has the density of a top vintage of Chateau Ausone. Finishes with a boatload of ripe tannins that are buffered by the wine's palate-staining fruit. Another monument in the making.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2014
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    Presents a rugged mix of road tar, crushed rock, graphite and cedary notes amid a core of dried dark berry fruit, ending with tobacco, underbrush and chalky limestone flavors. Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Drink now through 2027. 1,200 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    The 2012 Le Desir (64% Cabernet Franc, 24% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Malbec) reminds me of a young vintage of Ausone, such as 2005. The wine has amazing minerality and an explosive blueberry nose intermixed with blackberries, new saddle leather, charcoal and camphor. It is full-bodied, with espresso notes emerging on the palate. There are 1,900 cases of this super-endowed, prodigious wine that should drink well for 35-40 years. How fun it would be for mega-millionaires to put this in a blind tasting of a great vintage of Ausone in 10, 20 or 30 years from now.
    Author: Robert Parker
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    Drink Dates: 2022-2022
    Author: Aylward Justin
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Drink Dates: 2017-2047
    Author: Gallo Boy
"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.

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 219 bottles owned
  • 50 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 98
    (Out of 50 collectors)