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1999 Vérité "La Joie" Sonoma County Bordeaux Blend

SKU #998966 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Composed of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon and 41% Merlot (89% from Sonoma and 11% from Napa), the 1999 is a much younger wine than the 1998 and still has some upside potential. A deep ruby/purple color is followed by notes of graphite, unsmoked high class cigar tobacco, black currants and flowers. Round and generous with some tannins in the finish, it is close to full maturity and should drink well for another 15+ years. (RP) Inner quote mark (5/2011)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Verite’s 1999 La Joie, a Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend mostly from Sonoma, showed well, especially in this context, mostly for its textural silkiness and balance. Sweet tobacco and expressive red fruits lingered on the close. (AG) Inner quote mark (10/2013)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Richer and more complete than the '98 La Joie, with which it was simultaneously released. This wine shows its mountain origins in its tough young tannins and hard edges, but there is enough cherry and blackberry fruit for the long haul. Oak adds vanilla and toast, but this is a wine you need to cellar until 2009. Inner quote mark (11/2003)

K&L Notes

92 points, Stephen Tanzer, in a 20-year-on review published on Vinous.com: "Brighter dark red than La Muse. Aromas of redcurrant, plum, mocha and spices. Offers a captivating plump middle if not quite the plushness or sweetness of the Merlot-dominated La Muse. A hint of minty Cabernet contributes to the wine's impression of energy and definition. If this wine doesn't show quite the dimension of La Muse, it's more savory in character. Finishes with a firm dusting of tannins that avoid dryness." (5/2019) 92 points, Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "This is an excellent 1999. It displays a compelling nose with semblances towards Bordeaux with cedar and forest floor aromas, but married with that Californian richness. The palate is well knit with good weight though a little coarse on the finish with touches of pain grille and tobacco on the aftertaste. Very fine" (9/2015)

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