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2019 Vice Versa Chardonnay Platt Vineyard


  • USA
  • California
  • Sonoma County
  • Sonoma Coast
Drink between 2023 - 2029 (Edit)
CT95.8 18 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 17

  • jonboy74 Likes this wine: 95 points

    May 13, 2023 - Im not a big drinker of whites but damnit this is incredible. Popped after a long day of snowboarding in sierra cement then driving 3.5 hrs home. Many CA chards ive had always have some kind of off-putting green note, or are thin, or hot, or over oaked... not this one, just pure elegance in the (grassl) glass.

    LiteItOnFire got me going with VV and Im glad he did. These are awesome. 4 left in the offsite, not feeling in any hurry to consume.

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  • msuwine wrote: 94 points

    January 26, 2023 - There is often an urgency to CA Chardonnay that is distinct from White Burgundy. CA leans forward in the mouth, in an energetic, look-at-me, pulsating kind of way. Viewed with derision, the wine is searching for a compliment; viewed with affection, it's deserving of one. I don't know which perspective is better (though I find myself gravitating towards Old World subtlety as I get older) - but make no mistake: this wine demands attention.

    Is that attention rewarded? Mostly, but I didn't see the fireworks that others did at the moment (or, maybe I just thought the show was a little loud - and, by the way, get-off-my-lawn!). Light yellow in color and full in body, the wine offers aromas of pear, cantaloupe, and vanilla bean. The flavors are dense, with notes of lemon peel, orange marmalade, and gooseberry, with a pungent finish that softens, a bit, after a few hours. 14% alcohol. 94 at the moment, but it should improve in another year or so (as have prior vintages of this wine).

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Likes this wine: 95 points

    September 15, 2022 - Drank while playing team play finals, loved it

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • sfwinelover1 Likes this wine: 96 points

    August 22, 2022 - First of 2 ($139.99) from the big box wine store bought about a month ago, with high recommendations from CT friends. On the nose and palate, initial medium to strong notes of mixed tart and sweet citrus and orange rind, river rocks, white flowers, a light touch of oak, a subtle nuttiness, and after an hour or so, baked apples and pears. Light gold, medium+ bodied, light to medium legs. Lightish tannins, moderate plus acidity well in balance with the other elements and progressively integrated, no heat. VG+ complexity, excellent intensity, VG++ persistence. Splash decanted, recorked then brought to Kokkari for a mostly seafood birthday and anniversary dinner with K, this wine came out of the bottle with an almost Chablis angularity which morphed more into a White Burg mode with air, although its texture, while not creamy, wasn’t exactly chalky, either. Although one of the least expensive things VV produces, this actually headlined the list of what I wanted to try when I was there for my tasting, although, alas, they were out of stock (but then, I’d hoped to taste in the cave with P&S, but as the prophet Jagger said so well, you can’t always get what you want). Happily, pleasure deferred wasn’t pleasure denied. This wine’s profile skews lean, lithe, crisp and savory, what I usually say I want in a chard, even as I order off the Aubert list. The initial crispness was appealing, but air certainly made it deeper and longer, giving the impression that this wine, already drinking at an excellent level, could get better. With the better integration, this wine was equally hospitable on its own, as I’m drinking as it continues to shine on night 2, as it was with octopus and salmon, and while it wouldn’t have been what I would have chosen to pair with the lamb shank, the sips I had with it hung in surprisingly well with the rich, fatty red meat. I don’t get the tropical fruit note that CT friend WBW did, although I do find just a touch of sweetness from the apples and pears, but the notes of nuttiness, minerality and tart citrus keep this version of this bottling from ever feeling in any way flabby. This wine drinks youthfully but in no way fractiously, is totally defensible to open now, yet for my tastes, is more likely to fluctuate on the up than the downside over the next few years, and I’ll likely hold my other bottle a couple of years or so (or so I say now), while perhaps looking to pick up another bottle or 2 from this or an older vintage at this or a lower price point. 95-96+

    Germane to a CT comments conversation I’ve been having today with 2 CT friends, I’ve been slowly bumping up my wine spend over the past year-18 months (not relative to them, but relative to where I’ve been), and I’ve been lucky to have a chance to have some memorable chards during that time. While it’s probably not fair to compare, and also perhaps not that accurate unless the tastes are side by side, it is, alas, for me, at some level inevitable, and with that apologia, I’d say that, at this point, for me, this wine doesn’t have the precision of the ‘16 Morlet Coup de Couer, the power of the ‘19 Aubert CIX, or perhaps less fairly, the snap of the Fevre Bougros. Top to bottom, this producer’s carte is consistently excellent, yet I always find myself wanting just a bit more at its wines’ respective price points (in a very different style, I find myself feeling that way about Verite). I’m not quite sure that I’ve caught the VV wines I’ve had at their respective apogees, and I’m looking forward to seeing if I can have the same level of excitement that my friends on the site are finding with my future quaffs.

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  • Takeshi Likes this wine: 96 points

    July 23, 2022 - Marvelous as got better and better with time. Initial first 30 minutes to an hour the wine was a little sour and tight grip of bitter rinds. As the hour past Crisp light acidity, floral, sour kiwi or pine apple, golden blend of clarity goodness can only get better in years to come as it integrates more. Held up very good against the 2016 morlet coupe de coeur.

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    Napa Valley's 2019s: Part 2, 3/10/2022 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2019
  • Type White
  • Producer Vice Versa
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Platt Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Sonoma County
  • Appellation Sonoma Coast

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 15 (4%)
  • In Cellars 284 (80%)
  • Consumed 56 (16%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

Fish, on its own, poultry

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