About the Wine
Vérité is a cult winery located in Sonoma County. This estate has more than 50 micro-crus in 4 different appellations in Sonoma: Bennett Valley, Alexander Valley, Chalk Hill, and Knights Valley. The result is impressive. Decanter says that these wines are “rich and velvety, and have finesse, focus, and freshness, thus encapsulating the Sonoma style at its best.”
Co-owner Pierre Seillan is a legendary winemaker whose expertise began in his own family estate in southwest France. He also worked in several Châteaux in France like Château de Targé in Loire Valley and in Bordeaux with Raoul and Jean Quancard. Pierre is a man of the land and he’s completely passionate about terroir. He says, “every hillside, every elevation, and every aspect offer us a different micro-cru. The pure expression of these unique sites has from the beginning defined our winemaking philosophy.”
La Muse is a refined merlot-dominated belend. This wine delivers deepness and elegance to another level. The grape comes from easter Sonoma County from one of Verite's TOP micro-crus. The result us a unique, luxurious wine, that is meant to age in the cellar for decades.
Tasting Notes: 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec. This wine shimmers with a deep violet-ruby core of color, expressing opulent fruit aromas of candied red & black cherry, and wild fresh blackberry, with perfumed notes of dried potpourri, dried rosemary, and essences of sandalwood, toasted cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove from French oak aging. The palate perfectly mirrors the nose, along with tannins reminiscent of dark cocoa nib, bright acidity, and petrichor minerality, all of which work to balance the supple texture of this wine, driving it to a very long finish.
Blueberries, blackberries, and crushed stones. Pure fruit. Full-bodied with round tannins that have a powdery character. Creamy and round mouth-feel. Very unique. Great finish. 90% merlot, 5% cabernet franc and 5% malbec. Best from 2026. ~99 James Suckling
The 2019 La Muse is a blend of 90% Merlot, 5% Cab Franc and 5% Malbec. Deep ruby-purple, it explodes with cassis, violets, and aniseed, with wafts of thyme, tobacco, and iron, offering new nuances with each return to the glass. The full-bodied palate is powerful and refined, with loads of rounded tannins, focused freshness, and ethereal character. It's exceptionally expressive and structured and should be very long-lived in the cellar. ~99 Robert Parker
The 2019 La Muse is a blend of 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Malbec. Deep garnet-purple in color, it skips out of the glass with bright scents of freshly crushed black and red plums, boysenberries, and Morello cherries, plus hints of garrigue, cedar chest, wet slate, and truffles plus a waft of crushed rocks. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is super intense and firm with a solid wall of ripe tannins and compelling freshness holding up a ton of expressive earth and black fruit layers, finishing with epic length. ~98 The Wine Independent
The 2019 La Muse offers a luxurious and layered perfume of red apple, sweet tobacco, and fresh leather. The palate is generous, with velveteen texture, noes of cassis, violets, and fresh earth, and a weightless feel. The most open of the three presented by Verite, this is an incredible wine and will be fantastic to check in on over the next two or more decades. ~98 Jeb Dunnuck
Smooth and well defined, this Merlot-dominant wine has a nice delicacy to it. Lifted and bright, there is a sense of joy to this with excellent detail and definition to the fruit and the fine tannins. Clearly powerful with concentration but well delivered. I like the liquorice and the subtle herbal spiced edges - rosemary and cinnamon giving nuance as well as the slightly sweet but supple red and black cherry and blueberries fruit which mingle with scented dried flower notes. A refined style with a lifted finish that is really enjoyable. Ageing 16 months in French oak (95% new). ~94 Decanter
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