2014 Verite - La Muse

  • 100 WA
  • 17 JR
  • Variety
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SKU: 60331-2014-750-1B
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    87% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec. Strong toasty oak on the nose, dense and layered black fruit on the palate. The toasted, burnt spice aroma from oak dominates the palate, but there is delicious fruit succulence too. (RH)
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    The 2014 La Muse (2,800 cases ) is a legendary effort. The wine offers an opaque purple color and a gorgeous nose of lead pencil shavings, blackberry, incense, Asian spice, cocoa, plum, and a touch of chocolate and barrique. On the palate, more cassis and blackberry come to the forefront. The wine is unctuous, with adequate acidity and a stunning energy underneath the massive fruit and body. This is a spectacularly fragrant and, at the same time, dense wine, with enough structure (somewhat surprising in this vintage) to last 35-45+ years. The final blend was 88% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Vinous | Rating: 96

    The 2014 La Muse is dark, fresh and beautifully nuanced in the glass, with more red fruit nuances than are often found in the VAcritAc wines. Bright red cherry, pomegranate, mint, spice and flowers all add notable lift to balance the intensity of the fruit. The flavors are really popping today. This is a gorgeous showing from VAcritAc and Pierre Seillan.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
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  • "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

    • 222 bottles owned
    • 36 collectors