Red

2013 Vérité La Joie

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Sonoma County
Drink between 2020 - 2057 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 15

  • Yagil wrote: 96 points

    October 12, 2021 - Ca. CS (Mu & Mu restaurant, Rehovot): outstanding!!!
    Deep red-ruby color.
    pronounced aroma and flavors of fresh forest red fruits, plums, pomegranate, strawberries, chocolate, blackberry.
    dry, high acidity, high tannins, high abv, full body, complex, velvety. Ready to drink but will keep years ahead.

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  • Lord of the Bottles Likes this wine: 93 points

    March 10, 2021 - Bottle 6/6. Decanted 2 hours. More open towards the 3rd hour. Nose had been more expressive with autumnal leaves at the beggining. Palate became more expressive with dark fruit (mostly blackberry and cassis), green pepper, fennel and licorice. You can still feel the oak in the background, though the tannins are relatively soft. Some coffee and mocha notes on the nose eventually. Very classic Bordeaux really not New World at all and tastes like St Estephe or one of the Pauillac super seconds. Maybe this reaches mid 90s in a few years but IMHO the 100 pts score by the pros is unwarranted. Hold for 3-5 years or drink now with 3 hour decant. 93-95

  • Lord of the Bottles Likes this wine: 95 points

    January 30, 2021 - Decanted a bit longer which helped (2.5 hours). Smoother if a hair less complex than last time. Mint chocolate, Harvey’s Bristol Cream, raspberry. Finish veered from short with heat to medium plus. By the last glass tannins reasserted a became watery. Nice mid 90s wine but a tad overpriced relative to similar tasting Super Seconds this drinks similar to (reminds me a bit of Chateau Palmer if not quite as put together). 94-95

  • Lord of the Bottles Likes this wine: 95 points

    January 29, 2021 - Decanted about 1.5 hours. Upon the initial pour into the decanter a powerful nose of burnt leaves and graphite, which settled down somewhat when we eventually sat down. Palate of dark to light red fruit, some mint chocolate, cream, and apple on a medium plus finish. After a further half hour or so the palate was a little less tightlly wound and creamier. I would echo some of the comments of fellow CT users that the nose is a little more complex than the palate, at least at this stage. Maybe this improves a point or so to 96 eventually but fine to drink now with 2+ hours of air. A nice wine just comes across as any well-made Cabernet Merlot blend and not sure it commands 100 points (nor the price I paid). 94-96 drink now with air or preferably hold.

  • Cailles wrote: 95 points

    September 11, 2020 - Tasted double blind. While not yet fully ready (with some upside on the balance), this is a wonderful wine which shines with its Bordeaux-esque stature. The 25% Merlot/Cab Franc part not only broadens the aromatic spectrum but brings a very soft, low-weight structure and texture which is the highlight here. 2013 was a great vintage and this wine embodies all that, not only due to the absence of excess weight but also with not too much ripe- and sweetness. The nose is already on a 97/98 level, the palate not yet but it certainly has the potential to get there. A very much understandable call by Parker (100pts).

    TN: Medium intense, wonderfully balanced nose with licorice, dark fruit, herbs and some brett aromatics. Heavenly soft, pure and precise. Equally soft and harmonious palate displaying the same aromas with additional notes of dark cherries and minerality. The texture is weightless for a Californian wine with very fine tannins and just a slightly too high acidity. Good, long, fruit driven finish.

    Decanting: Decanted for 1 hour. Could have used even one or the other extra hour but still good from the go.

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  • By William Kelley
    The 2013 California Cabernet Sauvignon vintage, 5/30/2016 (link)

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    2014 Sonoma and Points North: New Releases (Feb 2016), 2/1/2016 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2013
  • Type Red
  • Producer Vérité
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation La Joie
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Sonoma County
  • Appellation Sonoma County
  • UPC Codes 400005234644, 626990248156, 784798320020

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  • Pending Delivery 19 (1%)
  • In Cellars 1,443 (85%)
  • Consumed 241 (14%)

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