Verite La Muse 2003
Merlot from Sonoma County, California
The 2003 vintage marks Vigneron Pierre Seillan's sixth vintage of La Muse and represents his continued dedication to craft wines without compromise. A blend comprised primarily of Merlot, La Muse demonstrates the elegance and finesse of a Pomerol-style wine. The wine begins with a rich purple color, followed by a sweet nose of blackberry, spices, tobacco, chocolate and incense. On the palate, it is full-bodied, complex and elegantly textured with a subtle hint of oak and pepper with soft ripe tannins and a clean long finish.
Blend: 84% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Malbec
The Wine Advocate - "Composed of 84% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Malbec (51% from Knight’s Valley, 38% from Bennett Valley and 11% from Chalk Hill), the 2003 boasts copious chocolate espresso notes, fabulous fruit intensity, an unctuous texture, wonderful freshness and a long finish. With higher alcohol (14.2%) than most of its siblings, it comes across as somewhat of an adolescent even though it has reached full maturity. Like the 2002, it can be consumed with great pleasure now or aged for another 20-25 years."
International Wine Cellar - "Full ruby-red. Deep aromas of currant, mocha, chocolate, iron, tobacco and dried herbs, with a liqueur-like nuance. Round, vinous and rich, with highly concentrated flavors of currant, leather and chocolate. There's a silkiness to the texture and a candied note to the wine's fruit, but this powerfully structured merlot-based wine's building tannins and uncompromising dryness will require at least four or five years of cellaring."
Verite Estate Winery
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. View all Verite Estate Wines
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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the Joneses, or Napa-ites if you will. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Notable FactsThe largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.