2019 Vice Versa Cabernet Sauvignon The Magnificent Seven

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley

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  • Cristal2000 Likes this wine: 99 points

    April 23, 2021 - Barrel sample and disclaimer: I had this after a full day of tasting plus alongside about 20 wines. So, you know, my palate may not have been 100%. That being said, is there an easier winery to trust on quality than VV? I'd put Patrice and Sam right there with Alex MacDonald for absolute confidence they will turn out the best wine possible. Seems like Kinsman has started down this path as well, and time will tell as they earn the confidence of us enthusiasts. But bottom line is these wines are awesome and I never question the quality.

    Even amongst many great wines, this was stunning. I believe it was 99% of the final blend, so we can have confidence this is what will be in the bottle. Wonderfully expressive nose of blueberries, black currant, violets, spice box and forest floor. Super full bodied but not showing any real weight, this is notable for its depth of flavor, ripe but refined tannins and ethereal mouthfeel. Suave, energetic, with wonderful balance and acidity, this hits all the right notes. Shows pure black and blue fruit combined with great minerality. Finish is super long and satisfying. Right up there in the top 5 wines tasted on a trip with 70+ cabs. Much rather buy this than Realm Absurd or other wines of similar pedigree. More confident in the people.

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  • LiteItOnFire commented:

    4/28/21, 9:01 PM - Great notes and why I feel better buying the Mag 7 than Tusk. Well said- thank you!

  • Cristal2000 commented:

    4/28/21, 9:17 PM - LIOF: Totally agree. VV would be amongst the last to go if I were paring down wines to buy. Of everyone making the Beckstoffer wines, I trust them the most.

  • LiteItOnFire commented:

    4/28/21, 9:46 PM - Cristal- I wasn’t able to taste the Mag ‘19 and had a specific question if you remember from when you tasted it- what was your sense of approachability/longevity? I ask only because the ‘19 seems more lush and approachable and many of the wines seem to be shorter to mid term for optimal drinking windows- what was your sense with this vs the ‘19 VV Dr or To Kalon as a compatible.


  • Cristal2000 commented:

    4/28/21, 10:37 PM - LIOF: A few thoughts. Barrel samples are always more fruity and expressive, so they naturally seem a bit more approachable. That said, I do think 19 will show more fruit than 18, but still has the overall structure and acidity to be fairly long lived.

    The M7 is likely to be one of the better candidates for age. It has the best, most concentrated juice from Crane, BTK and LPV. It almost always takes the longest to come around, and the blend here gives it more age worthy character, especially the LPV. While I'd say the 18 probably has a longer overall life, I'd also expect the 19 to drink better in the first 5-7 years or so. Total conjecture, but that is the way I look at it. Oh, and I had the 18 right next to this one, and the 19 was definitely showing better.

  • MJP Hou TX commented:

    4/29/21, 6:46 AM - Any notes or tasting of Mysterons?

  • Cristal2000 commented:

    4/29/21, 7:14 AM - MJP: Notes are coming on the Mysterons...

  • MJP Hou TX commented:

    4/29/21, 7:17 AM - Great! Thanks my man!

  • LiteItOnFire commented:

    4/29/21, 7:18 AM - Cristal- thank you!

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