Derived from a layered concentration of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon grown along the steep hillsides and volcanic benches of the Mayacamas Mountains, La Joie is a commanding wine that will reward the patient collector. A true thoroughbred, it is exuberant, energetic, and proud?eager to show off at the first opportunity.
The 2004 La Joie abounds with savory complexity. The purple center fades to a translucent garnet. Plush and silky tannin is buttressed by fresh and vibrant acidity. The palate shows baked black cherry, blueberry and blackcurrant; iron, sunbaked gravel, rhubarb, dried herbs, black olive and a hint of mint. Best after thirty minutes in the decanter, and continues to evolve for another hour. The softer tannin character makes this wine approachable now, but can continue to age another fifteen years.