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Vineyards

At Vérité we seek, through wine, to give voice to the truth of the soil. We work with a palette of more than 40 different Sonoma County soil types in the region's beautifully diverse micro-crus. We have a deeply personal relationship with all aspects of our craft through an intimate understanding of the details of each micro-cru: the personality of the vines, the character of the block, and the nuances of each bud and tendril. We have this understanding because we let the soil take the lead; we listen to what it has to say. At the beginning of the process, this voice may be small, but with every careful decision made from bud break to bottle, that voice becomes clear. We masterfully assemble everything with the utmost integrity, to bring forth the purest expression of the soil and to create wines without compromise.

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Winemaking

The diversity of Sonoma County is mirrored in our estate vineyards, where soils, aspects, and microclimates in our mountain and hillside vineyards vary dramatically from block to block, creating what we like to think of as small vineyards within vineyards, our palette of soil types. Each is distinct from the others, so we call these special places micro-crus. They are the heart and soul of our terroir philosophy at Vérité. Everything we do here — from the vineyard to the bottle — we do with the goal of allowing these micro-crus to transmit the message, or truth, of our soil in Sonoma County. The truth is in our soil; it flows through the vines and speaks clearly in our wines. 
 

To create a work of art is one thing; to create a masterpiece is entirely another. Creating a masterpiece requires an intense intimacy and a unique perspective throughout the entire process. This is why we refer to Pierre as vigneronrather than winemaker – because vigneron encompasses not only decisions made in the cellar, but also those made in the vineyard throughout the year, where the true character of our wine originates.

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 Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Verite Wines . In a tasting of  24 wines 

Gaja Sori Tildin 2017 / Coming from a warmer, south-facing site, the 2016 Barbaresco Sori Tildin is a more concentrated, vibrant wine compared to the straight Barbaresco and has vivid notes of bright cherry fruits, rose petals, road tar, violets and even a hint of orange blossom. Incredible on the palate, with medium to full body, an incredible, seamless texture, ultra-fine tannins, and a monster finish. The tannins here are unquestionably on another level and are perfectly ripe, and this just about off-the-charts 2016 has a Grand Cru Red Burgundy-like texture, elegance, and stature. This bottle didn't hit prime time until the second day, so either give bottles a healthy decant or, even better, 5-7 years in a cold cellar.

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 Stephen Tanzer, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  2 wines  from  Verite Wines . In a tasting of  25 wines 

Screaming Eagle 2010 / (75% cabernet sauvignon, 16% merlot and 9% cabernet franc; the harvest here ended on October 13, about two weeks later than usual): Brilliant ruby-red. Urgent aromas of crushed boysenberry, wild herbs, licorice and spearmint are complemented by sexy oak tones. Densely packed and electric, with great energy to the highly concentrated, pliant flavors of black fruits, cocoa powder and flowers. Still quite youthfully backward, but the inexorable slowly mounting finish and big but noble tannins suggest a long and glorious evolution in bottle. Owing to the small clusters, thick skins and concentration of tannins, this wine got a longer elevage than usual, with the bottling done at the end of November 2012.

1y 3m ago

 Francisca Mendoza, Wine Importer (Argentina)  tasted  1 wines  from  Verite Wines . In a tasting of  10 wines 

Quinta do Noval Nacional Vintage Port 2011 / This red leads off with exquisite notes of vanilla and toast, framing black cherry, blackberry, cedar and iron flavors. Ripe and powerful, yet polished and silky, with dense tannins well-integrated into the structure. The fruit returns in the end, along with a licorice note. A superb young version, showing fine potential.

1y 8m ago

 Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Verite Wines . In a tasting of  20 wines 

This was a fabulous lunch. Six vintages each of Dom Perignon, Roederer Cristal and Veuve Clicquots Grande Dame followed by 12 Bordeaux from 1986. I preferred Dom P in most vintages. The premier crus are good in 1986 but many others are getting too tannic as the fruit dries up.

3y 6m ago

 Michel Jamais, Wine Writer (Sweden)  tasted  7 wines  from  Verite Wines . In a tasting of  13 wines 

Helen Turley is one of the most renowned winemakers. During her career, she's been making wines for numerous of high end wineries, such as Peter Michael Winery, Pahlmeyer, Bryant Family Vineyards, Colgin Cellars, Blankiet and Martinelli Vineyards.


Her own Marcassin Vineyard was planted in 1991. At that time Helen Turley and her husband John Wetlaufer planted 3.45 hectares of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir at the property with undeveloped land they had bought out close to Jenner out in the true Sonoma Coast in 1985.
The first wines under the Marcassin Vineyard label was made in 1990, but at that time they they only used grapes purchased from vineyards owned by the Martinelli family and by Jess Jackson, and since the Marcassin Vineyard selection was added, that vineyard has been planted with more vines several times, and now covers almost 16 hectares.
Their own vineyard is located on at around 340-400 meters on a slope close to the clusters of vineyards owned by Flowers Vineyards, Pahlmeyer, Peter Michael Winery and not too far away from Hirsch Vineyard. It shares a combination of cool breezes from the Pacific and the warmer temperatures at the higher elevation.


Helen Turley says that it's not important for a wine to be able to keep well in the cellars, and to her ageing does not always make a wine better of more complex. However, I have often noticed that I'm not too impressed by her wines when young, since I find them to be a bit closed, earthy and tannic, even with a little too much influence of the oak. Compared to others pinots of the same reputation (e.g. those from Williams Selyem, Hirsch Vineyard, Rochioli), they lack perfumes and floral notes. The Marcassin wines are quite different, they offer deeper and in one way more complex flavors, they seems to be more rustic and well structured in a Vosne-Romanée-like way.
This tasting with almost ten year old wines, showed a quite different experience than I have had from tasting her younger wines over the years. Now, when the wines has come to age, the tannic structure is softer, the acidity is still fresh, and hand in hand with the more seductive secondary aromas that has developed, there's still a beautiful fruitiness in them. I must say I was totally impressed by some of these wines, and the verdict based on this tasting is that the pinots from good vintages should be kept at least 8-10 years.

4y 1m ago

 Michel Jamais, Wine Writer (Sweden)  tasted  7 wines  from  Verite Wines . In a tasting of  7 wines 

The idea behind Verité is not to produce wines of true terroir from each mountain vineyard, but to create blends of the highest quality, inspired but the blends of Bordeaux. Although I find these wines to be, or at least mature into something very Bordeaux like, there’s one distinctive difference; I find more structure and energy (that’s due to the mineral qualities of these soils) in the Verité wines than in the bordelaise ones.


Three wines are made. La Muse is the Pomerol in the lineup, based on 82-92 percent Merlot depending on the vintage, with the balance of Cabernet Franc and just a dash of Cabernet Sauvignon. La Joie is the Pauillac blend, built on 64-75 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and therefore a bit more structured, whereas the Le Désir is the Saint Emilion in the trio, a lovely wine where Merlot and Cabernet Franc make up around 80-85 percent of the blend, most often in relatively equal parts.
All wines are crafted in more or less the same way, vinified in small lots and then transferred into brand new French oak barrels to spend 14-16 months including the time for malolactic fermentation. They are all bottled without fining or filtration.


The day I came to Verité on my latest visit, Robert Parker was on his way in to taste all wines and vintages ever made at Verité, so I guess his highly interesting report will be published quite soon as well. I look forward to – I’ve tasted all this wines over the years, but not all at the same time. The following wines were tasted over a couple of weeks in April and May (all wines of the same vintage at the same time), in the addition of the 2001 vintage that I tasted a year ago.


Pierre Seillan also makes the fine wines under the labels Anakota and Archipel, as well as wines in St Emilion and Tuscany.

4y 2m ago

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