2018 Verite La Muse
Region: Sonoma County
Cépage: Merlot (90%); Cabernet Franc (6%); Malbec (4%)
Size: 750 ml
Rating(s): 100 (RP); 99 (JD); 98 (JS)
"The 2018 La Muse was matured 16 months in 100% new French oak barrels. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the nose delivers a powerful perfume of cherry pie, blackberry preserves and baked plums, followed by suggestions of red roses, cast-iron pan, underbrush and unsmoked cigars, plus wafts of licorice and oolong tea. Medium to full-bodied, the black fruit and exotic spice layers flow so gracefully over the palate, textured by plush tannins and lifted with seamless freshness, finishing epically long and achingly fragrant. The intensity and complexity of aromas and flavors—all waltzing in captivating harmony—cannot fail to make your head spin in the best possible way. Electrifying!"
Lisa Perrotti-Brown (RP) - 07/21