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2008 Verite La Muse Red Wine Sonoma County
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93(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2012

(90% merlot, 7% cabernet franc and 3% malbec):  Bright red-ruby.  Inviting nose offers cherry, raspberry and chocolate truffle.  Explosive on the front half, with sexy spices lifting and intensifying the redcurrant fruit.  Today the wine's tannins give the finish a slightly dry quality but the intensity and subtle persistence of this wine suggest that it simply needs time.  Pierre Seillan typically does a pre-fermentation cold soak lasting four or five days, then about eight days of fermentation and no post-fermentation maceration.  The malolactic fermentation takes place in barrels of various toast levels and from numerous French forests.

100 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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