2019 Vice Versa Cabernet Sauvignon Les Cousins

Cabernet Sauvignon

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  • California

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  • Cristal2000 Likes this wine: 97 points

    July 24, 2021 - Vice Versa Wine Dinner: Well now, it appears my friend CSIMM wrote a book about this wine, and how it meets his French sensibilities. I happen to overall agree that this wine is going to be special, just not quite at the 100pt level.

    Taking Beckstoffer fruit and putting it with some of Paso's best is an interesting concept. Making it all cab is even more interesting, since traditionally that is not the best grape grown in the GSM dominant Paso region. Nevertheless, this turned out to be a fantastic first effort that will unfortunately only come with about 80 total cases split between L'Aventure and VV.

    Super expressive both on the nose and palate, it starts you out with wonderful opulent fruit and is really expansive, touching all corners of your taste buds. Lots of blackberry, black licorice, loamy soil, bing cherry and really good levels of minerality framed in by strong and fine grained tannins. As it progresses, the fruit calms and makes way for significant savory character, I assume from the Paso part of the blend. With a perfect mouthfeel, great layering and already developing complexity, this has the potential to be fabulous. It's already super fun to drink.

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  • PIZZAandBAROLO commented:

    7/27/21, 9:04 PM - CSIMM 4 president!!!

  • Cristal2000 commented:

    7/27/21, 9:05 PM - Is Macron stepping down? :)

  • PIZZAandBAROLO commented:

    7/27/21, 9:20 PM - 不不不

  • PIZZAandBAROLO commented:

    7/27/21, 9:25 PM - Cheers Cristal. Big fan here! Your words and writings are second to ummm almost none (insert CSMIMM Plug here lol) But seriously I, and I know many, many, others really appreciate all that you do. It's an unquantifiable help on many levels, So, in the most sincerest terms, thank you!

  • Cristal2000 commented:

    7/27/21, 9:54 PM - Thank you for the nice comments. Of course I am only joking around with my friend CSIMM - he is a note posting savant! CT is a great resource for all of us, and I think for Napa in particular, it has taken the place of any big time critic. Losing Parker kind of ended the age of a pro critic dictating preference. Now we can find people who have similar palates and tastes to really find the wines that best suit us. Cheers!

  • PIZZAandBAROLO commented:

    7/27/21, 10:05 PM - I agree with all that you said, but you guys are undoubtedly the new skool and on the next level, For both INFO, and secondly (and maybe most importantly) entertainment value! LOL. I (we) love you guys, Wishing you many, many more years. Keep drinking great (Epic) wines as I (we) live vicariously thru you. Cheers!!!

  • csimm1161 commented:

    7/27/21, 10:32 PM - I will appoint Cristal to the Foreign Affairs Committee and station him in Paris with no deodorant and nothing but dirtwater wine to drink.

  • PIZZAandBAROLO commented:

    7/28/21, 5:25 AM - 不不不

  • MJP Hou TX commented:

    7/28/21, 9:44 AM - Napa youth is moving to Paso as the dream is just too damn expensive. Very interesting concept blending the two sites. Thanks for sharing Cristal

    Plus, insurance companies stopped underwriting wildfires. The odds might be better in vegas.

  • csimm1161 commented:

    7/28/21, 10:02 AM - Introducing the Cosmopolitan Cabernet Sauvignon and the Mandalay Chardonnay, both hailing from the Beckstoffer Dr. Caesars vineyard.

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