For all our readers we will now be bringing you regular full profiles from the 11th & and upcoming 12th editions of Wine behind the label with our ratings and price guides. This is one of the winery profiles for December included in the just published 11th digital edition edition 2020, which should give a small idea of what to look for with the guide, which can be purchased itself or included (virtually free) as part of an annual membership package. Here David profiles another of the Jackson Family Wines producers.

Vérité (Sonoma Valley)

Jackson FamilyWines premium operation specialising in Bordeaux red styles. The wines are all hand-crafted from various sites throughout Sonoma County. The vineyard sources are classic mountain terroirs and winemaker Pierre Seillan is able to source what the winery refers to as micro crus, producing wines from the very best blocks of a number of estates. Fruit comes from the Alexander, Bennett and Knights Valleys as well as Carneros and Atlas Peak. 

Vérité vineyards in the Chalk Hill AVA

La Joie emulates the Left Bank of Bordeaux and is a blend of roughly two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance Merlot. Youthfully backward and firmly structured, it is nevertheless very concentrated with fine, intense, very ripe dark berry fruit. La Muse, mainly Merlot and a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon, is more forward and opulent. Full of dark plum and spicy oak, the wine is richly textured, supple but finely structured. Without doubt the option of being able to source superb fruit from a number of sites adds complexity. The third wine in the portfolio is Le Désir, a Saint-Emilion style blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon. (DM)  

The wines

Recommended Reds:

La Joie Sonoma County ✭✭✭✭✭ £H 

La Muse Sonoma County ✭✭✭✭✭ £H

Le Désir Sonoma County ✭✭✭✭✭ £H

Ownership and Contact

Jackson Family Wines

Address: 4611 Thomas Road, Healdsburg, CA 95448

Tel: 707 433-9000

Web: www.veritewines.com

Email: info@veritewines.com

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