Vérité is French for “truth,” and their wines are certainly honest interpretations of the local growing environment. The winery uses grapes from several outstanding Sonoma properties including their Alexander Mountain Estate, Jackson Park in the Bennett Valley AVA, and Kellogg in Knights Valley.
Winemaker Peter Seillan has been working at Vérité since 1997. He is in charge of making the final blends with this premium quality fruit, and ages each wine in French oak for 12 months. His family owns an estate in Armagnac that specializes in growing Cabernet Franc and Merlot.
Vérité produces 3 different wines: La Joie (Pauillac style), La Muse (Pomerol style), and Le Désir (St Emilion style). Pauillac is a Left Bank AC in Bordeaux that makes wines that are primarily Cabernet Sauvignon blended with some Merlot. The Pomerol AC is on the Right Bank and blends primarily Merlot with some Cabernet Franc. St Emilion is another Right Bank AC that also blends mainly mainly Merlot with Cabernet Franc and occasionally a bit of Cabernet Sauvignon.
The 2002 La Joie is a blend of 62.4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28.5% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, and .3% Malbec. The 2002 La Muse is a blend of 92.5% Merlot, 7.2% Cabernet Franc, and .3 Malbec. The 2002 Le Désir is a blend of 52.7% Merlot, 41.2% Cabernet Franc, 5.1% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 1% Malbec.