2016 Vérité La Muse

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 100 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 96 JS
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 60331-2016

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 La Muse is composed of 93% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec. Wow—it comes strutting out of the glass with flamboyant crème de cassis, ripe plums and black cherries notes followed by nuances of aniseed, chocolate box, wild thyme, violets and chargrill plus a fragrant suggestion of potpourri. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, the densely packed perfumed black fruit layers are beautifully framed by perfectly ripe, finely grained tannins and fantastically knit freshness. It finishes long with the most incredible display of mineral sparks. 2,300 cases were produced.
    Drink Dates: 2022 - 2055
    Author: Lisa Perrotti-Brown
    Issue: Mid-October 2018 New Releases
  • Vinous | Rating: 96

    The 2016 La Muse is a dark, inward wine that shows a bit more power and overall tannin than is often the case with this wine. The 2016 is shaping up be an especially somber La Muse. I imagine the 2016 will also be very slow to mature. Today, it is quite forbidding.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
    Issue: Apr 2018
  • James Suckling | Rating: 96

    This is a fabulous, merlot-based red with blackberries, blueberries and rust. Ink, too. Medium to full body, round tannins and a juicy finish. 93 per cent merlot with the rest in cabernet franc and malbec. Drink after 2021.
    Drink Dates: 2021+
    Author: James Suckling
    Issue: Friday, May 3, 2019
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Dense, smoky and powerful, featuring notes of freshly ground coffee to the roasted plum and dried blackberry flavors. Hoisin sauce accents show on the tannic finish, with green herbal shadings. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Drink now through 2025. 2,205 cases made. — KM
    Drink Dates: 2019-2025
    Author: Kim Marcus
    Issue: Web Only - 2019
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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.

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