*2004 Vérité La Joie
Verite La Joie Red, Sonoma County, USA 2004
The 2004 La Joie abounds with savory complexity. The purple center fades to a translucent garnet. Plush and silky tannin is buttressed by fresh and vibrant acidity. The palate shows baked black cherry, blueberry and blackcurrant; iron, sunbaked gravel, rhubarb, dried herbs, black olive and a hint of mint. Best after thirty minutes in the decanter, and continues to evolve for another hour. The softer tannin character makes this wine approachable now, but can continue to age another fifteen years.
The majority of the fruit came from the Alexander Mountain Estate, followed by Knight’s Valley, Bennett Valley and Chalk Hill. Full-bodied, powerful and concentrated, it is richer than either the 2003 and 2001, and comes closer to the 2002’s personality. Sweet notes of caramels, espresso roast, forest floor, camphor, plums, chocolate and blackberries emerge from this full-bodied, unctuously textured, chewy, fleshy 2004. It requires another 3-5 years of bottle age and should keep for two decades or more. (RP)
Derived from a layered concentration of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon grown along the steep hillsides and volcanic benches of the Mayacamas Mountains, La Joie is a commanding wine that will reward the patient collector. A true thoroughbred, it is exuberant, energetic, and proud—eager to show off at the first opportunity.