Introducing the exquisite 2018 Verite Le Desir, a captivating red wine that hails from the esteemed Verite winery in California's North Coast region. This proprietary blend is a true masterpiece, showcasing the artistry and expertise of winemaker Pierre Seillan. With its stunning deep garnet-purple color and a label that exudes elegance, it is a wine that demands attention.
The 2018 Verite Le Desir is predominantly crafted from Cabernet Franc, with 82% of this noble grape variety. It is complemented by 12% Merlot and 6% Malbec, resulting in a harmonious blend that highlights the unique characteristics of each varietal. The grapes are carefully selected from the Sonoma appellation, known for producing exceptional wines with a distinct sense of place.
Upon pouring, the wine unveils a tantalizing bouquet of blackberry, violet, and crushed stone. These aromas entice the senses, promising a sensory journey like no other. On the palate, the wine delivers on its promise, revealing pure fruit flavors that are both reserved and tensioned. It is full-bodied, with firm and tight tannins that add structure and depth. The tannins spread across the palate, integrating seamlessly and creating a chewy texture that is both pleasing and intriguing.
Renowned wine critic James Suckling awarded this wine an impressive score of 97 points, describing it as a structured and almost steely wine. He notes the tightness of the wine and recommends cellaring it until at least 2024 to fully appreciate its potential. Jeb Dunnuck also lauds the wine, giving it a score of 98 points and praising its elegance, purity, and perfect balance. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate joins in the acclaim, awarding it 97+ points and highlighting its fresh acidity, preserved red and black fruits, and lingering peppery finish.
The 2018 Verite Le Desir is a wine that exemplifies the art of winemaking. Its complexity, finesse, and potential for aging make it a true collector's item. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for years to come, this wine promises an extraordinary experience that will leave a lasting impression.