Vérité Le Désir 2004
|Region||California, Sonoma County|
Verite's spin on a Bordeaux St.-Emilion, the 2004 Le Desir (again sourced from the same three sites as its siblings) is a blend of nearly equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon and even a touch of Malbec. The deepest of this trio, it boasts a plum/purple hue along with a big, sweet nose of Christmas spices intermixed with black currant jam, sweet cherries, incense, Allspice, licorice, and herbs. Powerful, full-bodied, and opulent, in terms of its phenolics, it is as tannic and extracted as La Joie. However, the fruit seems to be more noticeable, and there is a degree of opulence present that La Joie will not reveal for a few more years. The beautiful Le Desir combines full-bodied power with the sweetness of mountain-styled, cool climate California fruit and French savoir-faire when it comes to structure and winemaking. Give it 2-3 years of bottle age and enjoy it over the following 15-20 years. 94+
Sleek and well-structured, with red currant and toasty oak aromas and black cherry, dried sage and leather flavors that finish on a complex but firm note. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2010 through 2014.