Country of Origin: USA
Region: Sonoma County
Type: Red Wine
Grape Variety: Cabernet Franc/Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/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. Master Winemaker Pierre Seillan the Chalk Hill fruit provides a truffle like character and the Alexander Valley's rich provenance of soils provides minerality, structure, tannin, and intensity to this exceptional wine. This 2008 vintage will be fascinating to taste in vertical tastings with the 2007 vintage over the next 20 plus years. Sweet mulberry, blueberry, & blackberry fruit characters intermingled & interwoven seamlessly with opulent black truffle notes, damp earth, & forest floor elements emerge from this gorgeous wine possessing a stunning intensity, unadulterated purity, & a silky, smooth texture.
Vibrant, youthful reds & purples define the color palette and set the varietal stage for this timeless varietal, presented here in its top form. Cabernet Franc is the centerpiece of this wine, highlighting black raspberries, black cherries, and a complex spiced bouquet of Herbes de Provence and dried thyme. Grown in the iron-rich soil of our Sonoma County vineyards and tended in the legendary tradition of Pierre Seillan, this exquisitely structured and impeccably precise wine finds perfect balance in a high center of gravity & a long finish.