Country of Origin: USA
Region: Sonoma County
Type: Red Wine
Grape Variety: Cabernet Franc/Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec
Alcohol Volume / ABV: 14.2%
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. Opaque purple in color, just like its other vintages, this wine evokes incredible floral, blueberry, espresso, & exotic Asian spice notes buttressed by a supple, multi-layered & complex mouthfeel, a velvety texture, & an astounding incense & licorice laced finish. This is a "magnifique" age-worthy wine with 40 to 50 years of upside potential. Master Winemaker Pierre Seillan is justifiably proud of what he has achieved, despite his 1st Verite vintage only coming out in 1998, with each iteration inexorably moving from strength to strength.
Brilliant ruby red in color, the nose opens up with palpable nutmeg & white pepper spice notes. This is a powerful & elegant wine that equally manifests amazing finesse. The minerality, spices, roundness, and ripe fruit notes allow this wine to be appreciated today but it will be even more delectable in 10 to 12 years as it begins to enter its peak.