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2018 Vérité Celebrates the Jackson Family winery’s 20th Anniversary

Pierre and Hélène have released the 2018 vintage of the three wines that define Vérité: La Muse, La Joie and Le Désir, each reflective of the micro-crus Pierre identified amongst four Sonoma County appellations – Alexander Valley, Knights Valley, Chalk Hill and Bennett Valley. With this 2018 vintage release, Vérité celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Inspired by the timeless traditions of France and the limitless possibilities of California, the 2018 vintage is garnering exceptional acclaim, and will be available directly from the estate, as well as select retail establishments, and fine dining restaurants worldwide.

Vérité (French for truth) evokes the vision of Jess Jackson, the late founder of Jackson Family Wines, who sought to produce wines from Sonoma County that would rival the best in the world. Beginning with the first vintage made in 1998, each wine is a distinct blend of unique components harvested from small vineyard blocks, culminating in a meticulously formed union of grape varieties, climate, soil expression, and winemaking technique. Pierre refers to this methodology as droit du sol, “right of the soil,” and through it, he crafts wines without compromise – wines that reflect the terroir in which they are grown.


"Each of the three 2018 Vérité wines reflects the balance and complexity that only a great vintage can provide. Beautifully layered and generously structured, these wines are a pleasure in their youth, but will handsomely reward patient cellaring. I hope you will enjoy them in good health, and for many years to come." – Pierre Seillan, Vigneron

LA MUSE Tasting Notes

2018 La Muse radiates a deep ruby-violet colour, which gives rise to perfumed aromas of ripe red and black plum, new leather, violet blossom, and freshly turned clay, framed by sweet baking spices and subtle toast. The palate mirrors the nose, along with a cornucopia of crunchy red and black fruits, dark baking cocoa, and sanguine iron elements. All of this complexity is supported by powdery tannins and bright acidity, driving to a very long, rich, and complex finish.

LA JOIE Tasting Notes

The 2018 La Joie displays a brilliant violet core with a thin rim of bright ruby. Generous fruit-forward aromas of ripe black currant and black cherry are followed by earthy notes of fresh conifer, dried mushroom, black olive, dusty clay, anise and clove. The palate is rich and structured; possessing similar flavours of the nose, refined tannins, well-balanced acidity and a complex, luscious finish.

LE DÉSIR Tasting Notes

The 2018 Le Désir has a dark inky appearance with a violet hue that extends to the rim. The compelling characteristics of Cabernet Franc are expressed on the nose and palate with flavours of crunchy cranberry, ripe raspberry, red currant, dried sage, crushed mint, and cinnamon bark; followed by spice cake, subtle vanilla liquor, and singed toast. The persistent finish and bright acidity suggest the wine will continue to evolve in the cellar for many years to come.


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