Country of Origin: USA
Region: Sonoma County
Type: Red Wine
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot/Malbec
Alcohol Volume / ABV: 14%
Verite's Master Winemaker Pierre Seillan has spent over 5 decades dedicated to crafting world class wines. Jess Jackson, of the Kendall Jackson Empire, was already the founder of one of the most successful family owned wine companies when they met in France in the 1990s. Driven by a passion to produce world class wine from California's best vineyards, a kinship developed between the Jackson family in California and the Seillan family in Bordeaux. A visit by Pierre to California in 1997 convinced him to pursue this dream and thus, Verite was born. Pierre has crafted the wines of Verite since 1998. Under his leadership, Helene Seillan has stepped into the role of assistant winemaker at the estate, splitting time between California and the Seillan Family Estate in St. Emillon, to usher in the next generation. Pierre's winemaking philosophy is centered around "la droit du sol" or "the right of the soil", meaning the wines should express the unfettered voice of the terroir. Avid wine collectors will be absolutely enthralled when they compare this 2008 La Joie with the 2007 vintage over the next 2 decades. On the nose, majestic & wonderful aromatic notes of roasted herbs, asphalt, black truffles, blackberries, cassis, & camphor emerge at the forefront with subtle hints of oak. On the palate, this wine is incredibly concentrated with extraordinary purity & density further complemented exquisitely by its amazing length. This is another age-worthy wine of 30 to 40 years that makes the confidence the late Jess Jackson placed early on in both his vineyard sources and his Master Winemaker, Pierre Seillan, ring prophetic.
Ruby red shades reveal a perfect blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, & Cabernet Franc. A symphony of cassis, black raspberry, and black cherry with a hint of red red fruit glides across the palate with aromas of mint, sage, & tobacco box elevating La Joie's signature granite-like minerality. This is a sophisticated wine with an elegant bouquet and powerful, grippy tannins that ends in a long, silky finish.