verite, assortment case, sonoma county 2005
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Le Desir - The myth perpetrated by Old World wine proponents is that California wines don’t age. Those critics need to taste Verité, because these wines are aging far slower than I imagined. Perfect in its own right, and probably my favorite of the three Verite wines I tasted, the absolutely, drop-dead bouquet of the 2005 Le Désir is the most stunningly complex and fragrant display of a blend of Bordeaux varietals (50% Cabernet Franc, 39% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and a touch of Malbec) that I have found in my horizontal tastings of 2005. This is the Sonoma version of an Ausone, for lack of a better frame of reference. Like its siblings, it is opaque purple, with an extraordinary and exhilarating nose of blackberries, forest floor, graphite, licorice and hints of charcoal embers and truffle. Very plush, it is the most evolved and silkiest of all three cuvées. This is another prodigious effort with fabulous purity, depth and overall harmony. This wine is just remarkable, and anyone lucky enough to own any of these wines is in for untold joy over the next 25-20+ years. I just hope the owners live long enough to see these wines at their peak!
La Joie - An absolutely awesome wine that tops out my scale, the 2005 La Joie offers a Château Latour-like stature and structure as well as complex notes of blackcurrants, lead pencil shavings, sandalwood, and crushed rocks. Still youthful and vibrant, it’s full-bodied, has off-the-charts purity, ultra-fine tannin, blockbuster length, and a singular, magical character. Feel free to drink bottles today or cellar for just about as long as you’d like. It will probably outlive everyone reading this.
Le Desir - This has a complex nose with some earthy, hot-stone elements as well as smoked meat and kirsch characteristics. The tannins are finely-etched, effortlessly supporting the cherry and blackberry fruit. As is common with even the most concentrated wines from Vérité, the finish is long and light-footed. 50% Cabernet Franc, 39% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Malbec, aged for 18 months in new oak barrels. Drinking Window 2025 - 2050
Le Desir - This is a dusty red with soft and polished tannins. Shows some light wood undertones. Velvety and chewy finish.