The 2013 growing season was truly a perfect one in Sonoma County. Very little rain during the winter, along with careful pruning and work in the vineyard, was key to controlling the energy of the vines. The growing season was ideal in terms of temperature: an absence of excessive heat allowed for very even ripening. In the spring, the moisture in the soil and the temperature permitted the vines to build a beautiful canopy from budbreak to bloom. Moderate, steady sunshine and temperatures throughout the whole season and cooler nights in August helped balance the acidity and tannins. The 2013 vintage must be one of the top five vintages of Vérité. The wines are intended to age over the next 20 years or more. Harvest took place September 3rd through September 17th. – Pierre Seillan, Vigneron
Beautiful, deep, dark red color. Rich and spiced on the nose with very pure aromas and hints of forest floor. On the palate flavors of truffle, licorice and black cherry are intimately mixed together. The texture is round and supple – that of very ripe fruit. The wine is long and persistent on the finish and has balanced, long-lasting tannins. This wine expresses an elegant, rich and complex energy.
8% Cabernet Franc
The wine is amazingly like a great vintage of Pétrus, with mulberry, black cherry, licorice, truffle and unctuous, thick, juicy fruit all present in this full-bodied masterpiece. The tannins are still present. The wine has purity and savory presence and is remarkable. The finish goes on for well past a minute. This wine would probably benefit from 5-8 years of bottle age and last 40-50 years.