2019 Vice Versa Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • St. Helena
Drink between 2028 - 2029 (Edit)
CT97.6 8 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 8

  • LiteItOnFire Likes this wine: 95 points

    August 21, 2021 - 6 hour decant not tasted throughout. Ok so hmm where do I start. I either love LPV or want to chuck it into a fireplace posted off that I got sucked in to buy another bottle from this vineyard. Like others have said, there is not a more schizophrenic vineyard I have ever come across (it’s not winemaker or bottle variation it is simply a temperamental beast. After tasting the ‘18 earlier this year, not buying the ‘19 LPV as the ‘18 was closed up tight for business, my credit card gave me a high five and complemented me on my restraint… but who walks in on the third tasting flight right after the Steltzner- yup public enemy number one 2019 LPV. Since the Steltzner was a good wine but opposite of my palate, and the Chardonnay was already sold out, I foolishly told my self, self this will be a cheap night! I was 25% of the way through and wouldn’t buy a thing. It was smiles all around as I patted my self on the back until I started to hear murmurs next to me and then down the table of how good the wine is they just started drinking… damnit should I not taste it so I am not compelled to buy it because it may be really good and I have held out for a few months? Ha that was a stupid thought, so bam this is a totally different LPV than I was expecting. So deep and dark yet nailed with minerality that doesn’t allow you to ever full grasp how dam penetrating it is of full flavor continually washed over by the backbone. If you are not familiar with LPV and want a taste of awesomeness - this is a wine for you to try.

    Yep I caved and bought rounding out my order. So so good I am not even upset about it. 95++

    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). The best horizontal tasting from the same winery I have ever had.

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  • csimm1161 wrote: 100 points

    July 27, 2021 - Vice Versa weekend and dinner: This is round #2 with the 2019 LPV since my last sampling it back in April. Once again, it is unquestionably the star of the show. This is the best LPV Vice Versa has ever produced and is categorically one of the best LPVs I’ve ever had. It just does…not…let…up, with a finish that lasts longer than a Turritopsis dohrnii immortal jellyfish (It’s fer reals. Look it up… And that’s right friends, you’re always sure to score an esteemed education nugget with a rando factoid every time you read a note from your pal csimm! You’re welcome). The concentration and intensity are perfectly weighted, with an attention-grabbing entry that isn’t so ostentatious it leaves you facedown on a sticky barroom floor at 2AM. Instead, its flashiness is bracketed with honed acidity and dark, DARK minerality.

    Yummy black licorice, blackberry cobbler, graphite, char, toasted spice, obsidian, creosote, and black molten lava from the biblical bowels of the underworld. It’s kinda like chewing on the Exorcist, except the ending of the LPV is WAY better. This is likely the deepest LPV I’ve encountered. Thankfully, its lift comes from propulsions of luscious tannins and acid that glaze the mouth and drench the palate with the proper ramp to hurtle the succulent black fruit and spice into flavor orbit.

    100 points. If this can retain its core character throughout the course of its evolution once in-bottle, then it will surely merit continued accolades and be rightly lauded as a perfect representation of the site and of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. And what’s even better, my Cellar Tracker pal Cristall2000 has to once again face me and admit that the 2019 LPV beat out the 2019 Crane – for the second time. Victory!

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  • Cristal2000 Likes this wine: 99 points

    July 24, 2021 - Vice Versa Wine Dinner: CSIMM wins this battle, as he always pledges his allegiance to LPV over Dr Crane and for once that proved true. He is now 1 for 50. :) In a tightly grouped race of siblings, this had a slight edge over Crane and TK, while falling just below M7 for me. Do I think that will last? Perhaps not, as LPV is a fickle vineyard, sometimes being out of this world good and other times being as impregnable as CSIMM’s love of the French.

    Dark black in the glass, this wine is simply gorgeous, displaying notes of blackcurrant, crushed stone, cassis, spice box and deeply savory elements. Full bodied and with crushing depth of flavor, this envelops your entire mouth with amazingly pure and fresh black and blue fruit along with a massive mineral driven streak. It’s like a bottomless pit of flavor, never losing energy or focus while it makes it way from the front to the back of your palate, showing textbook silky mouthfeel and an unreal finish. This may be the bottle to crack as soon as you get it, because wow, it’s amazing. 99+

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  • #1Winelover Likes this wine: 98 points

    May 9, 2021 - Vice Versa 2019 final barrel wine dinner with additional bottles. For the 2019 flight, the WOTN was Las Piedras followed by Dr. Crane, Mysterons and To-Kalon. Additional wines included: Vice Versa 2105 Dr. Crane, Vice Versa 2015 Las Piedras, 2015 Vine Hill Ranch VHR, 2014 Novicium (Continuum's 2nd label), Vice Versa 2017 BBS Las Piedras, Cornell 2014, Vice Versa 2018 Platt Chardonnay, Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, and several others that I cannot recall.

    There were 10 of us at dinner and the unanimous choice for 2019 was Vice Versa's Las Piedras. The unanimous choice for the overall winner of the night was Vice Versa's 2015 Dr. Crane. 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place choices were not unanimous!

    For the 2019s, Patrice recommended opening the bottles a couple of hours early, so I pulled the corks at 4:30pm but did not decant. I just let a little air in the bottles. We all agreed that Las Piedras was just spectacular. It was very easy to consume with signature notes from The Las Piedras Vineyard, including stone, a streak of mineral throughout, dark fruit and slight notes of chocolate. Everybody wanted more and it was the 1st bottle gone. The most interesting was Mysterons and we agreed that in 3 years time, it might end up being the best wine from 2019. It seemed to have a little more structure and more tannin. Mysterons is from The Ecotone Vineyard (formally Abreu's thorevilos), Dr. Crane, and, Vice Versa's new estate in the northwest corner of Calistoga.
    Maybe the elevation has something to do with its boldness.

    It was a great night, I am suffering today, but remembering good times with great friends, food and wine. Thanks to Patrice for being so kind to share the wine and include tasting notes. I cannot wait to try these in bottle next year.

    97-99 points for now.

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  • csimm1161 wrote: 98 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): Barrel sample. Anyone who knows me knows that LPV is directly in my wheelhouse, and based on the performance of this LPV, it should be in your wheelhouse, too. Aside from the 2019 M7 (which was just off-the-charts impressive on so many levels), this rendition of LPV was one of the main showstoppers of the evening. It not only thrusts out its perfect marriage of dark black fruit and hallmark terroir-driven minerality, but also shows off flashy acidity that really launches this thing into orbit. Saturated and also joyously punchy, the blackberry cobbler, black cherry, cassis, pencil lead, river rock, and spice notes all fan out on the front end and never stop expanding throughout the entire delivery. Finishes with the fruit reverberating for minutes on end.

    It is indeed true that LPV wines in general can be a bit capricious during their evolutions in bottle, with their moments of shutting down being especially prickly for a bit. But when they are in flash mode, they always present as some of the best wines in the Valley for my palate. This 2019 is especially encouraging given its elevated freshness and tension. Less of a tannic spear the way some LPVs can start out. I personally feel as though 2019 will be a special vintage for Vice Versa and LPV. The stars certainly aligned well here. 98+ points, with the anticipation that a perfect score isn’t out of the question come 3-5 years from now. Stunning!

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2019
  • 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

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  • Pending Delivery 168 (87%)
  • In Cellars 24 (12%)
  • Consumed 1 (1%)

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