*2004 Vérité La Muse
Verite La Muse Red, Sonoma County, USA 2004
The 2004 La Muse is elegant and subtle. An opaque purple core transitions to a garnet edge. Fresh acidity provides lift while the soft tannin contributes to a velvety mouthfeel. Initially reticent on the nose, the wine blossoms aromatically after about fifteen minutes in the decanter. The wine boasts red plum, Bing cherry, rhubarb, dried herbs, resinous underbrush and a touch of black tea, all surrounding a core of stony minerality.
The wine grew incrementally as it sat in the glass. A dense purple color was followed by aromas of loamy soil, charcoal, asphalt, chocolate, freshly brewed espresso and abundant blackberry and cassis fruit. This deep, rich beauty is still young and primary, but is loaded with potential. (RP)
Profound and sophisticated, La Muse delivers the incredible depth and texture with a Merlot-based blend from the top micro-crus of eastern Sonoma County. Like a graceful swan, it embodies elegance, softness and strength.