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2019 Vice Versa Cabernet Sauvignon The Magnificent Seven

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley

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Community Tasting Note

  • csimm1161 wrote: 99 points

    April 30, 2021 - 3 days in Napa: Arkenstone, Memento Mori, Maxem, The French Laundry, Christopher Tynan, Kinsman, Harlan, Vice Versa, Accendo, Fairchild, Macdonald, and a truckload of others (Napa): So this didn’t suck at all. Holy Mahatma Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, what is this concentrated showboater of a jammin’ juice to which you have put before me good sir?! You want a standout? Here it is. You want next-level above the rest of the Beckstoffer creations? The M7 is it. You want the answer to the question, “Why bother with the M7 when I can just get more of the others?” Well, try it and then see if you ask that question again. I know, I know. Don’t hype it up if you don’t mean it. But I do mean it my friends. Sometimes top “reserve” wine (or whatever you want to call them) aren’t that much more distinguishable than their SVD or supposedly “not as special” counterparts. (Realm Crane is sometimes/often better than Absurd in my opinion, for example). In this case, however, in this vintage, in this house, the 2019 M7 achieves in making itself a notable tick or two (or four) higher in qualitative performance.

    A BASKET full of BLACKBERRIES and dark earth flavors wind up for a line drive pitch rocketing across the launchpad. And then…it pauses, waiting, almost sniping the mid-palate for that perfect moment, like a slow-motion Matrix scene, until… Boom! Allow me to land my concentrated and intense deliciousness right about dead-center on your palate for a few minutes. Commanding attention, and getting it, the 2019 M7 will perhaps become one of the best Vice Versa wines I’ve ever had. I’m still chewing on the finish. Extremely impressive, and a wine that will likely hit a perfect score once it sorts out some of its peripheral wildness after several years in bottle. It’ll be fresh and bangin’ as a youngster, but I suspect with 7+ years in bottle, this will truly be liquid magic. Loved it. 98-99+ points.

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9 Comments

  • bsumoba commented:

    4/30/21, 6:19 PM - Boy, am I glad I took my allocation of this.

  • FJM185 commented:

    4/30/21, 7:41 PM - Thank you for this detailed TN!

  • csimm1161 commented:

    4/30/21, 10:18 PM - This vintage of M7 is going to be well worth the price of admission. If this barrel sample is any indication of the future, this is going to be pretty darn epic in my humble opinion.

  • gymnastpro commented:

    5/31/21, 11:14 PM - I’m going back soon. I thought the 19 Crane and Mysterons were superb. Is the M7 that much better? I only ask as I plan on adding on an additional bottle of Mysterons when I go back.

  • csimm1161 commented:

    6/1/21, 9:34 AM - Hi gymnastpro. During my tasting with VV, the M7 performed as advertised - at the top of the heap. The depth/concentration and complexity were extra ticks higher. Surprisingly, the Crane was a bit shut down during my visit (though as you can see from other CT reviews, my experience there seemed to be an anomaly). I hope to be trying the Crane again in late July. For me, M7 and LPV were the stars of the show when I was there in April.

  • bsumoba commented:

    6/1/21, 9:45 AM - Gymnast - I was there in late April/early May and prior to arriving, only had a bottle of each of the 19' SVDs, 2 of the 19' M7, no Mysterons, and no Steltzner. When I left the tasting, my bank took a huge hit and I converted each of the main SVDs (Crane, BTK, and LPV) to a 3-pack 750s, completed the M7 to a 3 pack, picked up 1 of the 18' and 2 of the 19' Steltzner, a 3-pack of the Mysterons...and for my son's birthyear (19'), picked up a 1.5 of the M7 and Crane.

    I did a story on this trip if you would like to see it. Truly, this was a trip to never forget and my 21' season is not over. I am trying to plan a Macdonald, Harlan/Promontory, Colgin and VHR trip in the Fall.

  • csimm1161 commented:

    6/1/21, 10:03 AM - ...sounds like the perfect ingredients for a Cellar Tracker group tasting event in Napa in the Fall?!! :)

  • bsumoba commented:

    6/1/21, 10:39 AM - Count me in please. ;) My Dream Napa Tasting. I'm sure we can fill in the flights with great wine...

    Flight 1: So you think you can Bordeaux? - Best representations of Bordeaux style wines in Napa.

    Hope you don't catch an SVD
    Flight 2A: Dr. Crane
    Flight 2B: Las Piedras
    Flight 3B: BTK

    Flight 3: Battle at Vine Hill Ranch - Wines with 100% grapes from VHR

    Flight 4: King of the Hill - Mtn Wineries in Napa

    Flight 5: Just Keeping it 100% Real For You - 100% Cabernet

    Flight 6: Burgy the Night Away - Chardonnays

    Flight 7: How much can you Bench? Wines from the Benchland

    Flight 8: Where did all the color go? Sauv Blancs from Napa

    Flight 9: I can find you everywhere...Napa wines with huge disty or retail presence.

  • gymnastpro commented:

    6/1/21, 11:53 AM - I would love to read the story! Thanks for the info! I guess I might have to procure a bottle of the 19 M7 then!

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