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  • 2018 Vice Versa Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard

    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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  • 2019 Vice Versa Chardonnay Platt Vineyard

    This has become a personal favorite over the last few vintages. Made in a Burgundian style that emphasizes crisp minerality and freshness over oak and concentrated power. Showing lovely grapefruit, lemon tart, white flowers and citrus, this is super energetic on the palate. It’s young, but already bright and crisp with a nice core of fruit to complement the deeply mineral driven and spicy layers of flavor. The citrus fruit shines a bit more in this vintage so far and the finish is very long and satisfying.

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  • 2019 Vice Versa Cabernet Sauvignon Les Cousins

    Vice Versa Wine Dinner: Well now, it appears my friend CSIMM wrote a book about this wine, and how it meets his French sensibilities. I happen to overall agree that this wine is going to be special, just not quite at the 100pt level.

    Taking Beckstoffer fruit and putting it with some of Paso's best is an interesting concept. Making it all cab is even more interesting, since traditionally that is not the best grape grown in the GSM dominant Paso region. Nevertheless, this turned out to be a fantastic first effort that will unfortunately only come with about 80 total cases split between L'Aventure and VV.

    Super expressive both on the nose and palate, it starts you out with wonderful opulent fruit and is really expansive, touching all corners of your taste buds. Lots of blackberry, black licorice, loamy soil, bing cherry and really good levels of minerality framed in by strong and fine grained tannins. As it progresses, the fruit calms and makes way for significant savory character, I assume from the Paso part of the blend. With a perfect mouthfeel, great layering and already developing complexity, this has the potential to be fabulous. It's already super fun to drink.

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  • MJP Hou TX says:

    6/27/2021 6:15:00 PM - Hey Cristal. I've been told to sign up early on this bottling. https://almacerro.com/ MJP

  • Yack Man says:

    5/11/2021 2:34:00 PM - 2018 TOR "Vine Hill Ranch Vineyard" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon Thanks.

  • vintage1949 says:

    12/28/2020 1:17:00 AM - If I have not posted this before you are your son make a pretty cute team. You must be proud! Dave

  • vintage1949 says:

    3/1/2020 8:05:00 AM - Greetings again 2000, Happy for you that I know you are enjoying good wine! Recently bought a six pack of 2016 Chateau Pontet Canet which is now in my cellar, waiting on a six pack of 2017 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron. The Pichon is from a poor vintage but they used only 50% of their grapes. Plus I talked to somebody that was their at harvest time. Then I lost all common sense, if I have any, and bought a three pack of 2018 Chateau Mouton Rothschild. By luck back in 1983 I held a wine tasting. Bought six wines with no clue what I was buying. One bottle was 1959 Chateau Mouton Rothschild. Never experienced another bottle that good. So now I am not allowed to pass away until I am at least 83. Grin Enough of my ramblings anything cool that you have purchased. Dave

  • Cristal2000 says:

    8/23/2019 6:30:00 PM - Hi M1P - it's a rough life, but someone's gotta do it! Look forward to following your notes.

  • Mark1npt says:

    8/23/2019 6:14:00 PM - Thanks Cristal.....love your tasting notes.....love these wines we get to drink! Mark

  • Cristal2000 says:

    1/15/2019 7:37:00 PM - I've definitely been fortunate in that regard!

  • DrBad says:

    1/11/2019 5:19:00 PM - Wow you're tasting some pretty good stuff :)

  • erictayl says:

    11/13/2018 6:21:00 PM - Congrats on escaping from the fire untouched. I'm in the sherwood area and am still evacuated. I'm also a Carter fan. Take care.

  • Cristal2000 says:

    5/25/2017 2:31:00 PM - Hi jespinonsa7 -- you know, that used to be a relatively easy question to answer, but not so much any longer. The most obvious two wines to me are Realm The Bard and Bevan Ontogeny (especially the 2013). I think The Bard is up to $125 and the Ontogeny is $95. Also, Realm Farella is a home run at $135 and Cliff Lede's Rock Block (for 2014, Scarlet Love) is very good for $115. The last one I can think of off the top of my head is the 2013 Hartwell Reserve, which was terrific for $150. For under $100, other than the Ontogeny, the 2013 Stewart NV is a deal at around $60/bottle, in addition to any Lewelling you can get your hands on. All the Mike Smith NV wines for $55-65 are amazing values (Myriad, Quivet, Becklyn etc). Hope that helps!

  • jespinosa7 says:

    5/25/2017 1:57:00 PM - What are your favorite big and bold Napa Cabs that are below $150 and $100 price points? I love the wines you have reviewed and would love to know your insight into any reco.

  • vintage1949 says:

    1/17/2016 6:15:00 AM - Greetings-Thanks for jumping in on the discussion. I will also post this on the general board-but not sure you would get a copy. I really like your idea. Noticed this wine mentioned before. Once again thanks for your suggestion:) Dave

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