2019 Vice Versa Cabernet Sauvignon Mysterons

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
Drink between 2026 - 2037 (Edit)
CT96.1 9 reviews

Community Tasting Notes 9

  • LiteItOnFire wrote: 95 points

    August 21, 2021 - Now this took the full 7 hours to showcase its goods as the early showing (I had to sneak a taste since my favorite vineyard is Thorevilos) wouldn’t budge from its structural embrace.

    At the time of the tasting this wine was kicking! Now this is not purely my opinion as a stand-alone I opened a bottle by itself and had a nice evening rather this wine came after the wonderful SVDs (LPV, Dr and To Kalon) AND was tasted against the Mag 7 in a head to head.

    This wine stood its ground and delivered. It along with the Steltzner stands out as a very different wine in the portfolio although I much prefer this wine. While this wine is not a SVD, rather a cuvée of sorts, it packs a serious punch of complexity of flavors, structure and performance. Interestingly of all the wines tasted, this one will benefit the most from kore bottle time. Very happy I snagged a 6 pack- and may go back for more. For those Thorevilos fans, while it’s not the OG version from the vineyard- it delivers on the wonderful sweet forest floor, dark chocolate, dust, etc uniqueness at this price point. There is also the energy of some young vines intermixed to provide verve for the future. While I am sure I will pop one early, I would then hold for 5+ years.

    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: 96 points

    July 27, 2021 - Vice Versa weekend and dinner: As before when I gave this a try in April, the Mysterons is a punchy and fruity ride on a purple and red berry rollercoaster. Spice, bitter chocolate, and dust (Thorevilos/Ecotone tufa dust influence?) show more intense after a decant of a few hours, with a bass tone of richness and ripe berry sweetness filling in the profile. Finishes with notable depth but also with a slight bitter whip on the tail that provides lift and tension. There is a classicism here that is unique in the lineup; this will be a fascinating wine to follow over the next decade (or three).

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  • Cristal2000 Likes this wine: 97 points

    July 24, 2021 - Vice Versa Wine Dinner: There is a clear separation in profile for this wine vs the others. There’s more acidity and strong tannins. If I were a betting man, I’d say this may have the most longevity of the wines tasted. Nose of cherries, cassis, white flowers and plenty of loamy soil. This starts with flashy red and blue fruit that is quickly lifted by bright acidity and hemmed in by powerful tannins. There is a lot going on underneath the surface here, with layers of minerality and earthy flavors that hint at the complexity to come with some bottle age. I think this wine will get better and better for quite a long time, and I’m looking forward to checking in on it as it progresses.

  • gymnastpro Likes this wine:

    May 16, 2021 - I don't like to do barrel ratings. But I found the 19 Mysterons to be the best followed by 19 Dr Crane, 18 Las Piedras, and 18 Steltzner at the tasting. The 19 Mysterons is one of the best wines I have tasted in a while!

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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): Another great VV wine - new to the mix in 2019 is this mix of Ecotone (Thorevilos) and estate fruit from Calistoga (and per #1winelover below, Dr. Crane as well). Named after the Portishead song of the same name (check out the album Dummy, a 90s UK trip-hop classic).

    You may look at 95 and be disappointed - but this was a hard follow up to the BTK and Dr. Crane right before it. It's no slouch by any means - more red fruited than the previous wines tasted, with more chewy tannins. I think this one will be one to put down for a few years after shipment, versus the others in the lineup that may be ready to drink come Christmas time this year.

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Wine Definition

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

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  • Pending Delivery 157 (88%)
  • In Cellars 21 (12%)
  • Consumed 1 (1%)

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