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Verite La Joie Bordeaux Blend Sonoma County 2012

Author dontime
#1  Posted: May 21, 2016 14:37  

Noticed that the state had gotten a supply of this:

Verite La Joie Bordeaux Blend Sonoma County 2012

I had the opportunity to taste this locally, along with two other Verite wines (all in the $350/bottle range).

Outstanding in just about every way, the 2012 La Joie was still a bit shut down on this night, as compared to the 2012 La Muse and 2012 Le Desir. A spectacular nose of plum and blackberry, smoke and minerals. Luscious in the mouth with lots of coffee notes, black fruit, spice and crushed rock. Long on the finish. Again, time will improve, but certainly delicious now. 96 points.
Author Mark
#2  Posted: May 21, 2016 15:56  

I heard it's going on closeout next month for $29.99. How many do you want?
Author jlough77
Registered User
#3  Posted: May 25, 2016 11:39  

Available @ Robinson Fine Wine and Good Spirits #0231

Verite La Joie Bordeaux Blend Sonoma County 2012 $349.99
100 Points " WineAdvocate
$350-$445 (390)
“The 2012 La Joie, which is a blend of 76% Cabernet, 12% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, blew me away. A profound effort, with 55% of it coming from Hillsides in Alexander Valley, 31% from Knights Valley and the balance from Chalk Hill, the wine shows great minerality, oodles of crme de cassis fruit, incense, licorice, crushed rock, and a provocative full-throttle mouthfeel. A wine of great intensity, purity and equilibrium, this definitely begs for 4-7 years of bottle aging and should drink well for at least 30+ years. Drink: 2020 " 2050”

Verite La Muse Bordeaux Blend Sonoma County 2012 $349.99
97 Points " Wine Advocate
$301-$414 (390)
“The 2012 La Muse, which is 85% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 4% Malbec, is a smaller cuvée of 1,840 cases. The wine has plenty of spice box, cedar wood, Christmas fruitcake and Asian plum sauce, along with black cherry and blackcurrant fruit. Ripe, round, full-bodied and opulent, this is a wine that can be drunk now or cellared for another three decades. Interestingly, the alcohol levels are not all that high in any of these wines, with most of them rarely exceeding 14.3%.”

Verite Le Desir Bordeaux Blend Sonoma County 2012 $349.99
100 Points " Wine Advocate
$290-$445 (390)
“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.”
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