2019 Vice Versa Cabernet Sauvignon The Magnificent Seven

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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  • LiteItOnFire Likes this wine: 97 points

    August 21, 2021 - Decanted for 7 hours, not tasted beforehand. No notes only impressions.

    Wow this is a wine that deserves to be side by side with the big boys and based on the vineyard inclusions- is a wine that will transform throughout the years providing not only immense pleasure but also intrigue as the various vineyard sites evolve in bottle. I do not know of any wine that has these vineyard designates at this level of quality blended into one comprehensive kaleidoscope of flavors and sensations- that magically combine the essence of each terrior (or what at a minimum I love from the individual vineyard offerings) but in a way that effortlessly glides throughout the tasting experience shooting highlights or snapshots of what is most magical.

    After the second sip I thought to myself- it would be hysterical (is it wrong to talk to myself, am I doing that now…) to have to watch a trained Advanced Somm taste this at a MW test. The rapid fire call outs of sensations, flavors and all the compelling three phases from attack to finish might cause the participant to run out of air with all he/she/they/them would have to articulate.

    This wine is a killer in a 750ml bottle - and one that I simply cannot afford to buy as many as I would like as the desire to drink these every month throughout the next decade would be too hard to prevent, even if all stuffed in the offsite. Good news is the SVDs are knock your socks off as well and some of the best offerings in the valley. This was the best large singular winery horizontal vintage tasting I have ever had- period.

    I will put this line on all of my tasting notes from this lineup- not sure if they have any left but if they do, jump at the chance to buy or at a minimum get on the list as this vintage and winery strategy is at an entirely new level (the LC shows how focused they are on the future).97++

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  • csimm1161 wrote: 99 points

    July 27, 2021 - Vice Versa weekend and dinner: This is just so intense and concentrated that one can’t help but be utterly mesmerized by its commanding presence. Blackberries and scorched earth are spun together in a commercial-grade blender on HIGH and stuffed with cacao and charcoal before it all spurts out the top and crescendos in a purple-black juice Bellagio fountain; a stunningly choreographed wine-aquatic experience. It is worthy of its class and place as the top Vice Versa wine in the lineup. I have a personal affinity for the LPV (full disclosure on that), but the M7 is a loooooooooooong ride of blackberry, black soil, purple licorice, Baker’s chocolate, and spice flavors pumping lushness and drive over the palate with a “Now whatcha got, punk?!” sassy attitude.

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  • Cristal2000 Likes this wine: 100 points

    July 24, 2021 - Vice Versa Wine Dinner: This wine is flat out amazing. It managed to take the best elements of its three parts (TK, Crane and LPV) and showcase them in one place. That is not an easy feat when you’re blending them together, so bravo to Patrice, Philippe and the wine making team.

    Gorgeous notes of violets, blackberries, crème de cassis, dark chocolate and forest floor. Super sophisticated on the palate, this takes the expansive power of LPV, the gorgeous purity and flamboyance of Dr Crane plus the focus and structure of TK and magically winds it into a wine that is at once powerful and refined. It gives you all the fruit you could want without ever going over the edge of extraction, and laces in huge levels of minerality and savory character to balance it out and bring sophistication with complexity. As with the other wines in the lineup, the texture is on point and the tannins are so pixilated and fine grained it’s quite amazing. Finishes for over a min. Amazing!

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  • 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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  • 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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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2019
  • Type Red
  • Producer Vice Versa
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation The Magnificent Seven
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley

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  • In Cellars 22 (14%)
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