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Date Printed: 5/23/2015
Verite La Joie 2004
Verite La Joie 2004
(search item no. 96513)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 5/23/2015: $185.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of 65.65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19.65% Merlot, 9.8% Cabernet Franc, and 4.9% Petit Verdot.

The 2004 La Joie is a dark to opaque ruby color. It has a powerful and youthful nose, very Bordeaux-like with distinct dark currant, blackberry, and cassis aromas, complemented by notes of anise, violets, graphite, and gravel. On the palate, it possesses rich, dense flavors of blackberry and dark plum with hints of new leather, and an interesting combination of earth and minerals. Its finish is long and sueded.

93 Points

"The 2004 La Joie, which is sourced from the same areas as La Muse, is usually composed of 70% or more Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc. This Pauillac-like effort is more tannic, structured, and masculine, offering hints of forest floor intermixed with smoke, seaweed, black currants, scorched earth, graphite, chocolate, and coffee. Powerful, big, and back-strapping, it is atypical for a 2004 given its structure and brooding character. Cellar it for 2-4 years and consume it over the following 15 or more." Robert Parker's
Wine Advocate

My Notes:

About Verite Estate:

French for 'truth', Vérité reflects our commitment to crafting the most authentic expression of the vineyard.

Simply put, but profound in its intent, we are dedicated to producing red wines of style and substance using traditional methods and the finest fruit from mountain vineyards throughout Sonoma County.

The Vérité Estate is located in the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountain range at the southern tip of Sonoma County's Alexander Valley. Our unique location is just north of the confluence of the Chalk Hill and Knights Valley appellations, an area know for superior soil, climate, and potential to express a strong sense of terroir.