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Date Printed: 9/30/2014
Verite La Muse 2002
Verite La Muse 2002
(search item no. 85299)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $359.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend comprised primarily of Merlot, La Muse demonstrates the elegance and finesse of a Pomerol-style wine. This wine begins with a deep purple color, followed by a very fragrant and generous nose that reveals concentrated cassis, blackberry and notes of raspberry with waves of mushroom, damp earth and smoke. All this is confirmed on the palate. In addition to slight black tea notes, there is a surprising minerality on the tip of the tongue along with beautiful, supple tannins, followed by a very long, rich finish.

"The impressively saturated ruby/purple-colored 2002 La Muse (92.5% Merlot, 7.2% Cabernet Franc, and a tiny dollop of Malbec) boasts a sweet nose of chocolate-covered blueberries, blackberries, melted licorice, smoked herbs, and earth. This opulent, full-bodied, luscious 2002 conceals plenty of tannin behind its voluptuous personality. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020+." 94 Points
Wine Advocate

February 2005

""Bright ruby-red. Ripe aromas of black plum, licorice, chocolate and menthol; slightly reduced. Sweet, lush, broad and deep, with black cherry, mocha and cocoa powder flavors complicated by a balsamic note. Finishes with dusty, building tannins." 92 Points
International Wine Cellar

May 2005

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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.