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Vérité La Musetext
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Vérité La Muse 2015

Sonoma County, California, United StatesVigneron Pierre Seillan recalls that of his 49 vintages, 2015 was the first where picking began in August, the 31st to be precise. The harvest lasted 12 days, and while yields were low, the grape quality was outstanding. La Muse presents as youthful with floral, stony mineral aromas. The mix is 90 percent merlot, seven percent cabernet franc and three percent malbec. Look for a super-rich, round, savoury Sonoma style with fresh blackberries, sliced apple, and an amazing silky texture. The mid-palate is awash in baking spices, chocolate, and more smoky, savoury, licorice and black cherry. It’s the supple nature of this wine that makes it of so attractive. It's more like Masseto than Petrus, but either way, it's in good company. Vérité, or truth, makes a trio of Bordeaux-shaped reds all grown at the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains at the southern tip of Sonoma County's Alexander Valley, where Seillan works with Sonoma Mountain fruit. Seillan is a disciple of the cru concept, and at Vérité his selections are released under the monikers of ‘La Muse’, a Pomerol-style merlot/cabernet franc mix; ‘La Joie’, a left bank, Haut-Medoc style cabernet sauvignon; and ‘Le Désir, a Saint Emilion-style blend of cabernet franc/merlot/cabernet sauvignon.Tasted: 02 February 2019Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 520.00 private wine shops AB 238.00 Producer: Vérité EstateDistributors: Summit Fine Wines
Blend: Merlot - Cabernet Franc - Malbec