2016 Vice Versa Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • St. Helena
Drink between 2023 - 2035 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 16

  • jimyeni Likes this wine: 95 points

    February 16, 2020 - Beautiful wine, wonderful nose of perfumed fruit. Palate is soft, balanced, and uplifting. Great wine. Only complaint is that at this point it is lacking layers which I hope will emerge with time.

  • msuwright wrote: 97 points

    June 24, 2019 - I'll add my name to the list of people who (a) drank this too early and (b) thought it was amazing. For what it's worth, I'm offering my opinion as of right now - my predictions are worth what you pay for them, and it's easier for me to assess the present day. And, today, I think this is a fantastic wine.

    Inky purple in color and full in body, the wine offers captivating aromas of blueberry, menthol, licorice, and espresso grinds, with a hint of fresh flowers and herbs. The tastes are concentrated and layered, with notes of boysenberry, black cherry, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and anise, with a silky and lingering finish. 14.9% alcohol. If you wait a few years, this has the potential to get even better.

    At the moment, this needs about two hours for the fruit and alcohol to integrate, since blarmston is correct about the heat in the early going. With air, this became a seamless, bursting, dense, and balanced wine. This had similar power as a 2016 Carter La Bam I had a few nights ago, but the VV has far more grace and restraint (read: ripe but not blowsy, still maintaining a touch of precision). This is a completely delicious wine, and - if you have more than one bottle - it's absolutely worth opening. Carpe diem, all that.

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  • LiteItOnFire Likes this wine: 95 points

    April 15, 2019 - PnP and even without air this guy was swinging for the fences. Not much to say that others have not but in full agreement this is a knockout. Could only imagine what this will become with more time in the decanter or in the cellar- if you have not tasted VV 2016 is a glimpse of just how good they are. Really really well done. Will hold (maybe) for a year and revisit. Absolutely yumminess 95+

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  • blarmston Likes this wine: 95 points

    March 7, 2019 - To me, this is rated about a 95 (with a three hour decant). But the potential here is for much more with time in the cellar.

    After a two hour decant with vigorous aeration, this was still showing a lot of "heat". An hour later, and much of the alcohol nose and finish was gone, replaced by a balanced, concentrated and plush wine.

    Typical LPV notes- blackberry, crushed rock, blueberry, etc. Other TN's can give more detailed descriptors. Never been my thing, probably will never have the ability to decipher the individual components. All good, I know when for me a wine is excellent, and while I like this wine, I will most likely love it in 5 years.

    If you only have a couple of these, resist the urge to pop the cork. If you have several, take one out for a test drive and put the rest in the back of the cellar for some more ZZZ's

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  • Badmonkey wrote: 98 points

    December 22, 2018 - I was planning to give this vintage a couple more years, however, I came across some bottles at a local store that I'm considering buying but I wanted to see where this vintage is at first. Wow, quite impressive for such a youthful LPV cab. Dark purple fruit - blackberry, dark currants, and dark cherry. Really smooth mid-palate coupled with nice depth/concentration and purity of fruit. Nice vibrant/full flavors of dark berries, some chocolate/cocoa, a little spice, and a mineral/graphite component. Long finish. Decanted for three hours and drank over a couple more. Improved a little with time but drinking quite well after the decant despite its youth. I wish I would have waited a couple more days and drank this bottle next to a 2016 Carter Beckstoffer La Verdad Las Piedras cab which I plan on popping for Christmas. It would have been interesting to see how they compare side by side. I can only imagine how good the 2016 Vice Versa Beckstoffer Las Piedras BBS cab and 2016 Vice Versa Magnificent Seven cab are after drinking this bottle. WA anticipated maturity 2023 to 2046 which I can't argue but once again this vintage is drinking surprisingly well now even at this youthful stage. 100% cab.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2016
  • Type Red
  • Producer Vice Versa
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation St. Helena

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 5 (1%)
  • In Cellars 325 (91%)
  • Consumed 26 (7%)

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