Verite La Joie 2015

Verite La Joie 2015

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An enveloping, structured wine, La Joie pours a vibrant purple core graduating to a deep outer rim. Mint, sage and lavender aromas fill out an earth-driven bouquet. Ripe fruit—black currant and cherries, damson plum—fulfill the promise of new world wines, while a brooding finish and grippy, well-integrated tannins pay homage to the old world. The Vérité signature—the message of the soil—is here captured in undertones of granite, iron and limestone. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, developed individually by micro-cru in our Sonoma County vineyards, the wine will mature gracefully for many years to come.

Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot

Wine Advocate: 99
A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, the 2015 La Joie features a very deep purple-black color and almost electric nose of crushed blackcurrants, ripe black cherries and mulberries with sparks of raspberry pie, wild blueberries, unsmoked cigars, charcuterie and crushed stones. Medium to full-bodied and charged with the most amazing energy, the youthful, vibrant black-fruited palate is framed by very firm, very finely grained tannins and wonderful freshness, finishing with lingering crushed stones and earth layers. 4,000 cases produced.
Decanter: 98
Never any question that this is a wine built with impact and seduction in mind. It’s so cleverly constructed that you almost don’t notice how it contracts as the tannins take hold, drawing out the whole experience. Clear elegance with tiny kicks of minerality that pulse and lift upwards through the palate, setting the rich cassis fruit alive. 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot.
James Suckling: 97
This is a beautiful cabernet sauvignon-based red with blackcurrants, blueberries and a light mint character. Full-bodied, firm and tight with a compressed fruit structure and polished tannins. Extremely long and focused. A beautiful wine. Mostly cabernet sauvignon. Drink in 2021.