2018 Vice Versa Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • St. Helena
Drink between 2026 - 2039 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 11

  • Cristal2000 Likes this wine: 98 points

    July 30, 2021 - Saw LPB finally rated the VV lineup and I was pretty surprised at the relatively low 95 given to the LPV. Given my exceptional experience recently with the 2019's, figured I would pop a bottle to give it my own evaluation. Important to note I doubled decanted, left at cellar temp for 3-4 hours and then warmed up to room temp before drinking. I think that really makes a difference with these wines.

    Begins with expressive and powerful aromas of blackcurrant, baking spices, white flowers, crushed rock and hints of forest floor. Reflects the cooler vintage with extraordinary freshness and precision, showing great balance with mostly black fruit, bitter chocolate with lots of mineral driven and savory character. Super refined tannins are still very present, giving the impression it can age quite nicely for years to come. Builds powerfully in the mid palate with layers that are just emerging, and finishes for over 1 min. Really impressive and way better than 95. Perhaps I am low at 98. Definitely upside.

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  • #1Winelover Likes this wine: 98 points

    May 30, 2021 - I decided to re-visit Vice Versa's LPV and boy am I glad that I did! I started with a Coravin pour because I had another bottle that was already open and didn't want to waste this. Well, that didn't last long as my pour was so good, I went all in!

    Nice strong smell. Deep purple and blue coloring and translucent. This was very consistent from the smell and look to the taste and long finish. Blueberry and black raspberry, earth, slight mocha mid-palate and the great mineral and stone streak throughout. This is a big wine; however it doesn't seem that big as the Vice Versa team knows how to rein in the tannins. Tannins, acid are really incredible. This is an excellent wine and a great representation from The Las Piedras Vineyard. Year in and year out, this is one of my favorite bottles. Sorry to the Dr. Crane lovers!

    Having a wine that is full-bodied and translucent is hard to do and it is right up my alley. My 1st experience with that was when I had Abreu's Madrona Ranch 2012, which I rated 100. I will post more after I finish the bottle tonight, which I am expecting to be even better.

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  • sean7711 Likes this wine: 95 points

    May 12, 2021 - Napa 2021 Trip; 5/10/2021-5/13/2021 (Napa Valley, CA): Glad I was able to taste this, since for some reason, I never ordered a bottle of this from last year's offering. Ordered a bottle to tack on to my fall shipment.

    All the trademark characteristics of LPV - wet stone, minerality, blueberry/dark blue fruits. Will definitely be matching this up to Carter Verdad, Quivet, etc. versions of the same vineyard/vintage down the road.

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  • bsumoba Likes this wine: 97 points

    May 1, 2021 - Napa - Lokoya - Vice Versa - Memento Mori: I am glad I didn’t have to open any of my bottles sitting in the cellar to try this. This wine was also showing very well today and maybe edged the MM LPV by a tad today. I think I liked the nose of the MM over the VV but the palate and finish was better with the VV. Earth tones, dark cherries and blueberries. Blackberries…fruit fruit fruit! There was a savory aspect to this that felt like it would go very well with food. Having some of the cheeses with this confirmed what I thought. This was actually #3 behind the Steltzner but with time in the glass it finished out #2.

  • LiteItOnFire Likes this wine:

    April 3, 2021 - Dream Trip - Napa On A Mission - All My favorites Plus A Few New Ones; 4/1/2021-4/4/2021 (Napa Valley): Now we are getting somewhere. This is a very nice wine however it needs more time in the cellar before opening or make sure this has enough time to open up fully but not too much time or you will miss the window. Perfect advice right? Super helpful? ok maybe not but my takeaway here is to be careful with a super long decant as to not blow by the window - this wine needs time but also know it is not a majorly fruit forward wine, which is fine as LPV handles both presentations/styles exceptionally well. One typically has more lift and minerality to it as the other style tends to showcases more fruit & mineral with the acidity in the background at least IMO. No rating as I was unable to drink the wine in the proper window (my fault not the wine).

    Do yourself a favor and signup for their list, the '19s have elevated this winery to another level.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2018
  • 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 33 (6%)
  • In Cellars 479 (89%)
  • Consumed 29 (5%)

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