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2004 Verite La Joie Red Wine Sonoma County
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Bordeaux Blend
Region: Other California
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87 Points | Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
94(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2007
($150; 65% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot, 10% cabernet franc and 5% petit verdot) Bright ruby-red. Black and blue fruits complicated by licorice, minerals and fresh herbs on the nose. Rich, broad, lush and full, even if it conveys less easy sweetness and personality today than the Muse (but then this is Seillan's Pauillac-style blend). Best today on the sensational back half, which features a major coating of suave tannins and an extremely long, aromatic finish that reverberates with subtle floral tones. Interestingly, this cabernet-based wine has a higher pH than the merlot-based Muse: 3.78 vs. 3.64.