Vérité "La Joie" Sonoma County 2007 (4.9/5)
Sonoma can be considered more a 'Country' than a 'County' from a viticultural point of view. Prodigious is indeed the variation of soil composition, climates and cultivars.
The grapes for this wine, homage to the Bordeaux left-bank style, are sourced from the south part of Alexander Valley Mountain vineyard (with some Pacific influence assuring sunny days and cooler nights and featuring reddish volcanic soil), Chalk Hill vineyard (warm site with a soil full of volcanic ashes), Knight's Valley vineyard (closer to Napa, with a weather inducing early ripening and very poor sandy-gravelly soil...excellent for luscious Cabernet Sauvignons) and Bennett Valley (volcanic rockier and cooler marine-influenced site).
Notes: Deep ruby purple with good legs. On the nose it's clean offering, with med+ intensity, notes black and blue fruits, hints of cedar and cocoa beans, also very cool floral notes, some pencil shavings. On the palate is dry, med/med+ acidity, med+ (super velvety) tannins, med+ alcohol, full body with very excellent flavour intensity, rich and round mid palate and very long finish. I could give 5+ to this seamless wine in terms of balance. Amazing concentration and texture without edges. It is lushly made for impress the senses more than for being alluring or complex: but that's not a sin of course! It's modern, in a sense how a modern Latour in its early stage could be.