The 2003 growing season was a dry, warm and challenging one. Winter and spring temperatures were mild. Heavy rainfall in November, December and January was followed by a relatively dry February and March. Then heavy rainfall again in April and May led to flowering and set a good crop. A short September heat wave helped finalize the ripening and was balanced by the moderating effect of the cool Pacific nights. Harvest took place September 17th through October 12th.
– Pierre Seillan, Vigneron
The 2003 La Joie remains remarkably youthful. The opacity of the wine masks its age, showing dark and opaque in the glass. The tannin is noticeably present; muscular, ripe and mouth-coating. On the palate there is ample fruit compote of blackberry, black cherry and plum, complemented by notes of clove, vanilla and cocoa, with some savory hints of earth, leather, and cigar box beginning to emerge. This intense structure bodes well for continued aging of over fifteen years.
– November 2017
72% Cabernet Sauvignon
5% Cabernet Franc
4% Petit Verdot
It represents a Sonoma County version of the famous Pauillac, Lynch Bages. Cedar, blackcurrant, licorice, black olive, coffee and white chocolate characteristics are found in this tannic, structured, masculine effort that still needs 4-5 years in the cellar. It should drink well for at least 20 years. These Vérité wines are not for those who lack patience.