2009 Verite La Joie Sonoma

Share on Facebook

2009 Verite La Joie Sonoma image

(96 Points)  The 2009 La Joie (14.5% natural alcohol, and a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec) boasts an opaque purple color along with abundant notes of wood spice, barbecued meat, new saddle leather, creme de cassis and forest floor. Rich, full-bodied and powerful with moderately high tannins, it needs to be forgotten for 5-7 years, and drunk over the following 25-30 years.



 



This is the flagship, luxury, world-class winery of the late Jess Jackson’s portfolio of small, high quality estates. Jackson convinced Bordelais Pierre Seillan to come to California from St.-Emilion to make these wines, and Verite has been one of the classics for well over a decade. The La Muse cuvee represents a Pomerol-styled wine, La Joie a Medoc and Le Desir a St.-Emilion. These are long-term, concentrated, tannic efforts that usually require 5-10 years of bottle age, and are meant to age for at least three decades. The 2012s possess fabulous potential. It is nearly impossible to decide which of the three cuvees is the finest (it probably depends on your own personal stylistic predilections), but the alcohols are normal for a top California vintage, ranging from 14.1% to 14.3%. Obviously, 2011 was a much more challenging vintage, and the wines reflect that although they are unquestionably successful, even in this vintage. Pierre Seillan told me that the harvest was extremely late, and there had to be an enormous amount of selection done both in the vineyard and the winery to create these cuvees. A relatively cool, late-harvest year with a tiny crop, the 2010 vintage required a tremendous selection process as well as meticulous work in both the vineyard and winery. All three offerings have turned out to be surprisingly approachable for young Verite wines. A great vintage for Verite that rivals 2012 and probably what was achieved in 2013 is 2009. It was the type of vintage that Seillan desires – high in tannin, high in extract, with incredible upside potential for all three cuvees. The 2009s are the most backward and powerful of the four vintages reviewed in this report. The alcohols ranged from 14.5% to 14.6+%.


  • List Price: $390.00

Not in Store: Available in 5 - 7 days

add to cart

Share on Facebook

continue shopping

Cart Summary

Your shopping cart is empty!

Wine Watch Events

Vintage Piedmont Wine Tasting featuring Barbaresco, Barolo back to the 1974 vintage!

Sat, Feb 27, 2021

"Good wine needs no bush."  (from: As you like It) William Shakespear 1564-1616 English Dramatist...

Aperture Wine Dinner with Winemaker Jesse Katz

Mon, Mar 1, 2021

"Wine gives great pleasure, and every pleasure is of itself a good." ~ William Makepeace Thackeray ...

Three of My favorite things - A Birthday Wishes Wine Tasting all from my Cellar

Thu, Mar 4, 2021

  Burgundy makes you think of silly things, Bordeaux makes you talk of them and Champagne makes you do t...

Magnum Birthday Party!

Fri, Mar 5, 2021

Wine hath drowned more men than the sea. THOMAS FULLER   This is another in the series of even...

Pomerol and Pauillac- My two favorite Appellations in Bordeaux

Sat, Mar 6, 2021

When asked if she was going to join Alcoholics Anonymous: “Certainly not. They want me to stop now.”...

Virtual Krug Champagne tasting with Special Guest Olivier Krug

Wed, Mar 10, 2021

   “I would like a wine. The purpose of the wine is to get me drunk. A bad wine will get me a...

Masi Amarone Della Valpolicella Wine Tasting

Thu, Mar 11, 2021

  Wine, like food, is so emotional. If you think about it, so much of the courting ritual is surrounded by wine...

2019 Louis Jadot Burgundy Barrel Tasting

Fri, Mar 12, 2021

Preview of the 2019 Burgundy Vintage You are invited to join Kobrand's French wine specialist Antoine Co...

Penfolds New California Wines - The First Tasting of an Australia California Collaboration

Sat, Mar 13, 2021

Penfolds New California Wines - The First Tasting of an Australia California Collaboration

Virtual Wine Tasting featuring Beaux Freres Winery with Special Guest Founder Mike Etzel

Wed, Mar 17, 2021

Virtual Wine Tasting featuring Beaux Freres Winery with Special Guest Founder Mike Etzel