Beckstoffer To Kalon
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Beckstoffer To Kalon vineyard

It is difficult not to be impressed by this extraordinary site. Stretching from the foot of the Mayacamas Mountains to Highway 29, To Kalon is arguably Napa Valley’s most famous vineyard. Originally planted in 1868 by early pioneer Hamilton Crabb, this Oakville property has a majestic quality that charms vintners and connoisseurs alike. It is a vineyard that inspires the few who have the privilege of sourcing fruit here to work with even greater precision to allow its purity to shine through. With a name that is aptly translated as “the highest beauty,” To Kalon embodies grace, power, and unapologetic confidence. The blocks from which we source are part of the 89 acres purchased by Beckstoffer Vineyards in 1993. Replanted in 1994 with modern trellising and closer vine spacing that nods to European tradition, the vines here must work harder as they compete with one another, bringing about smaller yields of tiny berries with intense fruit flavors. The wines we make from this pristine gravelly loam soil articulate luxurious aromatics and opulent texture. The profile of cassis and graphite is unmistakable, lending to the distinctive expression of a lauded provenance.

2016 The Magnificent Seven
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Inspired by two cultural masterpieces, Akira Kurosawa's 1954 epic film "Seven Samurai" and The Clash's 1980 punk classic "Magnificent Seven", which is widely considered to be a precursor to the hip-hop musical genre. A tribute to art, culture, collaboration and hard work.

Label design by Richard Von Saal.

The Magnificent Seven is a selection culled from the best expression of each of our single-vineyard blocks to produce the finest wine possible. The stunning result displays a preternatural ability to hold opposing flavors and contrasting veins of energy at once: decadent yet elegant, concentrated yet ethereal. The nuance of minerality and savor stands in delectable opposition to an almost barrel-sample-like youthfulness of fruit. The vital spirit of The Magnificent Seven blend strikes at the heart of what we dreamed of producing when it all began 15 years ago.

- Martin R. Reyes MW

1 Barrel (25 cases) produced

"A barrel sample, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Magnificent Seven gives a very deep inky purple-black color and youthfully mute nose of blueberry pie, blackberry compote and crème de cassis with hints of cider, fenugreek, menthol, licorice and yeast extract. Full-bodied, firm, taut and laden with earth and fresh black fruit layers, it is built like a brick house and, if the bottled wine lives up to this barrel blend, should give a lot of pleasure over the next 40+ years!"

98-100 Points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (Tasting Report 234, The Wine Advocate)

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Inspired by two cultural masterpieces, Akira Kurosawa's 1954 epic film "Seven Samurai" and The Clash's 1980 punk classic "Magnificent Seven", which is widely considered to be a precursor to the hip-hop musical genre. A tribute to art, culture, collaboration and hard work.

Label design by Richard Von Saal.

It is difficult to find words to adequately describe the magic of The Magnificent Seven. After a strict declassification process, we use only the best juice from the heart of each block to compose this breathtaking rendition of our vineyards working in harmony with one another. Intellectual, complex, and incredibly concentrated, this is a wine of paradox and balance. Density, richness, and audacity are seamlessly interwoven with poise, finesse, and a sense of weightlessness that is mesmerizing. With such a limited quantity available, it is an experience to be cherished.

1 Barrel (25 cases) produced

"A blend of “the best of” Beckstoffer’s Las Piedras, Dr. Crane and To Kalon vineyards, 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Magnificent Seven sports a deep garnet-purple color and rock star nose of crème de cassis, baked plums, plum pudding and mulberries with hints of Chinese five spice, menthol, dark chocolate and dusty soil. Full-bodied and jam packed with expressive black fruit voices, it fills the mouth with exotic spice and earthy accents, finishing with a grainy texture and bags of character. 25 cases only were made."

98+ Points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (Tasting Report 234, The Wine Advocate)

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Inspired by two cultural masterpieces, Akira Kurosawa's 1954 epic film "Seven Samurai" and The Clash's 1980 punk classic "Magnificent Seven", which is widely considered to be a precursor to the hip-hop musical genre. A tribute to art, culture, collaboration and hard work.

Label design by Richard Von Saal.

A super blend from the heart of our best blocks of some of Napa Valley's most celebrated Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards, including Becktoffer's To Kalon, Las Piedras & Dr. Crane. Showcases complexity, purity, pedigree, finesse and balance. Aged in 100% new french oak barrels, including Darnajou and Taransaud.

"Another wine from this boutique operation that flirts with perfection, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Magnificent Seven, comes from the seven best barrels in their cellars, and this one emanated from barrels from To Kalon, Dr. Crane and Las Piedras vineyard fruit. It is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, and as you might expect, is a massive wine with great length, beautiful purity, incredible intensity of blue, red and black fruits, licorice, graphite and toast. It is sensationally concentrated and a profound effort in this vintage. It is hard not to be impressed with what Vice Versa is doing."

99 Points - Robert M. Parker Jr. (Tasting Report 227, The Wine Advocate)

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2016 Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard
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The hallowed vines from Beckstoffer To Kalon produced our most seductive wine in 2016. Exotically floral and perfumed, the glass offers a beguiling flavor medley of cherry blossom, loganberry, Mirabelle plum, and a charmed finish of crushed violet, maple sap, and allspice. Consistent with the finest hallmarks of what this iconic vineyard can deliver, the abundance of rich flavors is expertly contained by exquisite fine-grained tannins, providing a remarkable sense of confidence and grace through a sublime finish.

- Martin R. Reyes MW

6 Barrels (150 cases) produced

“Very deep inky-purple colored, 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard (a barrel sample) knocks it out of the park with a bombastic black berry tart, plum preserves and blackcurrant cordial nose with hints of wild blueberries, baking spice, chocolate box and smoked meats. Full-bodied, rich and totally strutting its stuff, the palate features firm yet velvety tannins and a lively backbone supporting the generous, multilayered fruit, finishing with epic persistence.”

97-100 Points - Lisa Perotti-Brown MW (Tasting Report 234, The Wine Advocate)

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Deep purple in color, the unmistakable aromatics of the To Kalon Vineyard reign here. Ripe cassis and graphite notes are most prevalent as they mingle with hints of allspice, dark chocolate, cedar, and red and black fruit.  Velvety, rich, and pure to the core, this is a Cabernet of confidence and grace thanks to tannins that are fine, sinewy, and integrated throughout.

7 Barrels (175 cases) produced

“The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard displays a very deep purple-black color and is a little reticent at this youthful stage, with notes of freshly crushed blackberries, black currants and black plums with touches of Sichuan pepper, dried herbs, dusty soil and unsmoked cigars. Medium to full-bodied, very firm, pure and taut in the mouth, it offers a more restrained expression of this iconic vineyard with plenty of earthy/savory depth that should emerge impressively over the next 4-5+ years and drink for a further 30+ years. 175 cases were made.”

97+ Points - Lisa Perotti-Brown MW (Tasting Report 234, The Wine Advocate)

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Deep purple. Dense, rich, pure, precise and concentrated, this To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon is high toned and offers aromas of cassis, graphite, white pepper & red flowers. Juicy and balanced on the palate with notes of cherries and dark chocolate covered macadamia nuts. The fine sweet tannins lead to a long, pliant and very silky finish.

"The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon to Kalon Vineyard is another amazing effort from this extraordinary site. Explosive fragrance of blue and black fruits, spring flowers, fruitcake, cedar wood and charcoal are followed by a dense, expansive and savory full-bodied wine with loads of spice, black fruits, and, again, the well-integrated tannins of this ripe vintage. Drink it over the next 20-25 years."

96-100 Points - Robert M. Parker Jr. (Tasting Report 227, The Wine Advocate)

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2016 Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard BBS
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This year’s rendition from our best Beckstoffer To Kalon vines is almost indescribably delicious. The essential expression is congruent with the non-BBS, however the experience is complemented further by notes of blueberry compote, matcha green tea, potpourri, and sandalwood. A complete and masterful wine with an engaging, approachable power sustained by chiseled acidity and seamless tannins. The finish is astonishingly graceful and elegant, rendering the Greek-origin meaning of To Kalon, "The Beautiful," a fitting moniker for this wine.

- Martin R. Reyes MW

1 Barrel (25 cases) produced

The highest of the high, this is a profound representation of this prestigious vineyard. The classic hallmarks of To Kalon are here – cassis and graphite on the nose, intense concentration of fruit, opulent texture, and effortless structure. Regal, distinguished, and expressively balanced, this wine is a true achievement of nature and man working in perfect harmony.

1 Barrel (25 cases) produced

Deep purple. This is extremely pure and focused. Perfume of cassis, purple flowers, hibiscus and graphite. Massive and very concentrated on the palate. Balanced, rich and creamy yet effortless and precise. Impeccable structure with fine sophisticated tannins leading to a very long silky finish. Our extremely limited BBS was made from the very best grapes in the heart of our vineyard block.

1 barrel (25 cases) produced

Beckstoffer Dr. Crane
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Beckstoffer Dr. Crane vineyard

Like To Kalon and Las Piedras, Dr. Crane is a true first growth vineyard of Napa Valley. Nestled unassumingly in the midst of a residential neighborhood in St. Helena, the gravelly loam soils that give life to these vines are steadfast and faithful. The site, which shares a Sulphur Creek alluvial fan with Las Piedras, has experienced the complete evolution of the wine industry from its inception to prohibition - when this land became home to St. Helena’s Chinatown - to its current state of acclaim. Beckstoffer Vineyards acquired the historic vineyard in 1997 and replanted the vines a year later. Everything it has seen, every story its soil has heard, is infused in the grapes that thrive here. We taste its wisdom and its pride as we are offered extraordinary dense, complex, and rich aromatics and flavors that, like the vineyard itself, maintain a graceful profile. However, it is always the floral notes spiked with minerality that speak to us the most.

2016 Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard BBS
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Fans well familiar with Beckstoffer Dr. Crane vineyard will happily notice the extra dimension of captivating florals and spiced aromatics that only the strictest of block selections can convey. The journey continues on the palate, with crème de cassis, marzipan, and blackberry pie handsomely integrated with sumptuous tannins to reach an irresistible point of drinking pleasure. A joyful, soaring version of Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Cabernet Sauvignon with an almost liqueur-like purity and focus that will provide delight for several years.

- Martin R. Reyes MW

1 Barrel (25 cases) produced

Dark red. Very pure with red and blue berries, red roses and graphite. Luxurious, creamy and balanced on the palate with concentrated flavors of ripe berries, minerals and dark chocolate. Excellent focus, balance and purity leading to a very long silky finish. Our extremely limited BBS was made from the very best grapes in the heart of our vineyard block.

1 barrel (25 cases) produced

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2016 The Magnificent Seven
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Inspired by two cultural masterpieces, Akira Kurosawa's 1954 epic film "Seven Samurai" and The Clash's 1980 punk classic "Magnificent Seven", which is widely considered to be a precursor to the hip-hop musical genre. A tribute to art, culture, collaboration and hard work.

Label design by Richard Von Saal.

The Magnificent Seven is a selection culled from the best expression of each of our single-vineyard blocks to produce the finest wine possible. The stunning result displays a preternatural ability to hold opposing flavors and contrasting veins of energy at once: decadent yet elegant, concentrated yet ethereal. The nuance of minerality and savor stands in delectable opposition to an almost barrel-sample-like youthfulness of fruit. The vital spirit of The Magnificent Seven blend strikes at the heart of what we dreamed of producing when it all began 15 years ago.

- Martin R. Reyes MW

1 Barrel (25 cases) produced

"A barrel sample, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Magnificent Seven gives a very deep inky purple-black color and youthfully mute nose of blueberry pie, blackberry compote and crème de cassis with hints of cider, fenugreek, menthol, licorice and yeast extract. Full-bodied, firm, taut and laden with earth and fresh black fruit layers, it is built like a brick house and, if the bottled wine lives up to this barrel blend, should give a lot of pleasure over the next 40+ years!"

98-100 Points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (Tasting Report 234, The Wine Advocate)

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Inspired by two cultural masterpieces, Akira Kurosawa's 1954 epic film "Seven Samurai" and The Clash's 1980 punk classic "Magnificent Seven", which is widely considered to be a precursor to the hip-hop musical genre. A tribute to art, culture, collaboration and hard work.

Label design by Richard Von Saal.

It is difficult to find words to adequately describe the magic of The Magnificent Seven. After a strict declassification process, we use only the best juice from the heart of each block to compose this breathtaking rendition of our vineyards working in harmony with one another. Intellectual, complex, and incredibly concentrated, this is a wine of paradox and balance. Density, richness, and audacity are seamlessly interwoven with poise, finesse, and a sense of weightlessness that is mesmerizing. With such a limited quantity available, it is an experience to be cherished.

1 Barrel (25 cases) produced

"A blend of “the best of” Beckstoffer’s Las Piedras, Dr. Crane and To Kalon vineyards, 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Magnificent Seven sports a deep garnet-purple color and rock star nose of crème de cassis, baked plums, plum pudding and mulberries with hints of Chinese five spice, menthol, dark chocolate and dusty soil. Full-bodied and jam packed with expressive black fruit voices, it fills the mouth with exotic spice and earthy accents, finishing with a grainy texture and bags of character. 25 cases only were made."

98+ Points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (Tasting Report 234, The Wine Advocate)

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Inspired by two cultural masterpieces, Akira Kurosawa's 1954 epic film "Seven Samurai" and The Clash's 1980 punk classic "Magnificent Seven", which is widely considered to be a precursor to the hip-hop musical genre. A tribute to art, culture, collaboration and hard work.

Label design by Richard Von Saal.

A super blend from the heart of our best blocks of some of Napa Valley's most celebrated Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards, including Becktoffer's To Kalon, Las Piedras & Dr. Crane. Showcases complexity, purity, pedigree, finesse and balance. Aged in 100% new french oak barrels, including Darnajou and Taransaud.

"Another wine from this boutique operation that flirts with perfection, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Magnificent Seven, comes from the seven best barrels in their cellars, and this one emanated from barrels from To Kalon, Dr. Crane and Las Piedras vineyard fruit. It is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, and as you might expect, is a massive wine with great length, beautiful purity, incredible intensity of blue, red and black fruits, licorice, graphite and toast. It is sensationally concentrated and a profound effort in this vintage. It is hard not to be impressed with what Vice Versa is doing."

99 Points - Robert M. Parker Jr. (Tasting Report 227, The Wine Advocate)

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2016 Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard
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Our 2016 Beckstoffer Dr. Crane remains true to the unflinching and potent character of this special site. A striking personality replete with black and red currants, violet, plum chutney, and bittersweet chocolate is supported by a firm foundation of seductive, dusty tannins and a mouth-coating texture.  A 30 minute decant reveals an additional expanse of savory-sweet herbs, torrefaction, and mocha accents to deliver a deeply gratifying, long-lasting finish.

- Martin R. Reyes MW

4 Barrels (100 cases) produced

"Very deep inky-black colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard (a barrel sample) simply sings with exuberant black currant cordial and warm black plum notes over nuances of spice cake, violets, cloves and fertile loam with wafts of cedar and Marmite toast. Medium to full-bodied with a firm yet very fine, silt-like texture, the generous fruit is beautifully offset by tons of vibrancy, finishing long."

97-99 Points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (Tasting Report 234, The Wine Advocate)

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Intensely aromatic, this wine layers scents of ripe dark berries, spices, licorice, and chocolate.  Despite its incredible weight and density, an abundance of fine, silky tannin integrates seamlessly, adding a seductive mouthfeel that finishes with a lift.

"Very deep inky black colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard delivers wonderfully pure, sexy black and red cherry notes over a core of red currants, fertile soil, pencil lead and tobacco plus a waft of cedar chest. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is laden with earth, savory and red/black fruit flavors, supported by ripe, fine-grained tannins and beautiful vivacity, finishing long and minerally. 75 cases were made."

99 Points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (Tasting Report 234, The Wine Advocate)

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Dark ruby. This rich, concentrated and pure Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of dark chocolate, dark berries and purple wild flowers. The palate is pure, balanced and focused. Layers of ripe berries, sage, rosemary, dark chocolate, and fine sweet tannins lead to a long silky finish.

"One of the true first-growth vineyards of Napa is undoubtedly the Dr. Crane Vineyard, and the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Dr. Crane Vineyard, which spent 20 months in 100% new French oak, flirts with perfection. Crushed rocks, forest floor, blueberry liqueur and white flowers jump from the glass of this dense bluish/purple wine. The wine has great fruit on the attack, midpalate, and finished magnificently with a good 50-second lingering aftertaste. Tannins are pure as silk, which is so much a hallmark of this vintage."

98 Points - Robert M. Parker Jr. (Tasting Report 227, The Wine Advocate)

Beckstoffer Las Piedras
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Beckstoffer Las Piedras vineyard

Dark and brooding wines hail from the Beckstoffer Las Piedras vineyard. Crouched against the base of Spring Mountain, this 25 acre plot is a foreboding sight of renegade rocks spilled into an alluvial fan on the outskirts of town. Its name means tiny pebbles, referring to its notable gravelly loam and river wash soil that provides support for roots, fast drainage, and naturally low yields. A heritage vineyard that can be traced back to the Mexican land grants, Las Piedras was first planted in the 1840s after General Vallejo gave the property as a wedding gift to Edward Bale and his new wife. It was the first vineyard planted in what is now designated as the St. Helena AVA. The Beckstoffer family added it to their portfolio in 1983, planting it to two clones of Cabernet Sauvignon. Rockier than any other site we work with, the wines we produce from these grapes have a mineral-driven profile that is layered throughout the depth of rich, concentrated fruit. Our vines are located in the D2 Block planted to Clone 4 on 110R rootstock.

2016 The Magnificent Seven
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Inspired by two cultural masterpieces, Akira Kurosawa's 1954 epic film "Seven Samurai" and The Clash's 1980 punk classic "Magnificent Seven", which is widely considered to be a precursor to the hip-hop musical genre. A tribute to art, culture, collaboration and hard work.

Label design by Richard Von Saal.

The Magnificent Seven is a selection culled from the best expression of each of our single-vineyard blocks to produce the finest wine possible. The stunning result displays a preternatural ability to hold opposing flavors and contrasting veins of energy at once: decadent yet elegant, concentrated yet ethereal. The nuance of minerality and savor stands in delectable opposition to an almost barrel-sample-like youthfulness of fruit. The vital spirit of The Magnificent Seven blend strikes at the heart of what we dreamed of producing when it all began 15 years ago.

- Martin R. Reyes MW

1 Barrel (25 cases) produced

"A barrel sample, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Magnificent Seven gives a very deep inky purple-black color and youthfully mute nose of blueberry pie, blackberry compote and crème de cassis with hints of cider, fenugreek, menthol, licorice and yeast extract. Full-bodied, firm, taut and laden with earth and fresh black fruit layers, it is built like a brick house and, if the bottled wine lives up to this barrel blend, should give a lot of pleasure over the next 40+ years!"

98-100 Points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (Tasting Report 234, The Wine Advocate)

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Inspired by two cultural masterpieces, Akira Kurosawa's 1954 epic film "Seven Samurai" and The Clash's 1980 punk classic "Magnificent Seven", which is widely considered to be a precursor to the hip-hop musical genre. A tribute to art, culture, collaboration and hard work.

Label design by Richard Von Saal.

It is difficult to find words to adequately describe the magic of The Magnificent Seven. After a strict declassification process, we use only the best juice from the heart of each block to compose this breathtaking rendition of our vineyards working in harmony with one another. Intellectual, complex, and incredibly concentrated, this is a wine of paradox and balance. Density, richness, and audacity are seamlessly interwoven with poise, finesse, and a sense of weightlessness that is mesmerizing. With such a limited quantity available, it is an experience to be cherished.

1 Barrel (25 cases) produced

"A blend of “the best of” Beckstoffer’s Las Piedras, Dr. Crane and To Kalon vineyards, 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Magnificent Seven sports a deep garnet-purple color and rock star nose of crème de cassis, baked plums, plum pudding and mulberries with hints of Chinese five spice, menthol, dark chocolate and dusty soil. Full-bodied and jam packed with expressive black fruit voices, it fills the mouth with exotic spice and earthy accents, finishing with a grainy texture and bags of character. 25 cases only were made."

98+ Points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (Tasting Report 234, The Wine Advocate)

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Inspired by two cultural masterpieces, Akira Kurosawa's 1954 epic film "Seven Samurai" and The Clash's 1980 punk classic "Magnificent Seven", which is widely considered to be a precursor to the hip-hop musical genre. A tribute to art, culture, collaboration and hard work.

Label design by Richard Von Saal.

A super blend from the heart of our best blocks of some of Napa Valley's most celebrated Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards, including Becktoffer's To Kalon, Las Piedras & Dr. Crane. Showcases complexity, purity, pedigree, finesse and balance. Aged in 100% new french oak barrels, including Darnajou and Taransaud.

"Another wine from this boutique operation that flirts with perfection, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Magnificent Seven, comes from the seven best barrels in their cellars, and this one emanated from barrels from To Kalon, Dr. Crane and Las Piedras vineyard fruit. It is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, and as you might expect, is a massive wine with great length, beautiful purity, incredible intensity of blue, red and black fruits, licorice, graphite and toast. It is sensationally concentrated and a profound effort in this vintage. It is hard not to be impressed with what Vice Versa is doing."

99 Points - Robert M. Parker Jr. (Tasting Report 227, The Wine Advocate)

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2016 Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard
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The penetrating, glass-staining ruby hue is matched only by the pronounced, extracted character of this formidable wine. An evocative array of blackberry, dark chocolate, cedar, crushed rocks and molasses provides a thrilling allure in the glass while appropriately dense tannins contribute to its sophistication. A long decant increases the amplitude and verve of this already-broad-shouldered wine.

- Martin R. Reyes MW

6 Barrels (150 cases) produced

“A barrel sample, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Las Piedras Vineyard gives a very deep purple-black color and amazingly intense nose of blackcurrants, blackberry pie and blueberry compote with hints of star anise, Sichuan pepper and charcuterie with touches of pencil shavings and tobacco. Full-bodied, very firm and taut in the mouth, the muscular fruit offers glimpses at wonderful earth, black fruit and savory layers with a long, mineral-laced finish.”

97-99 Points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (Tasting Report 234, The Wine Advocate)

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Rich, dark and brooding aromatics of ripe blackberries, minerals and scorched earth seduce the senses. Savory flavors; a dense, textured core; and admirable dimension fill the palate while layers of minerality weave themselves throughout. This vintage produced a wine that is decadent, delicious, and persistent on the finish.

5 Barrels (125 cases) produced

“Very deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Las Piedras Vineyard is opulently scented of Indian spices, incense and black pepper with a core of warm cassis, black cherry pie and blueberry compote plus wafts of licorice and underbrush. Full-bodied, rich and powerfully played in the mouth, the palate maintains gorgeous freshness and purity with a firm tannic frame and a compelling savory character on the long finish. 125 cases were made.”

98 Points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (Tasting Report 234, The Wine Advocate)

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This rich and concentrated cabernet sauvignon captures the essence of this exceptional vintage and vineyard perfectly. Aromas of blue and black ripe berries, blue flowers, graphite and bouquet garni emanate gracefully from the glass. Great depth on the rich and creamy palate where layers of ripe berries, dark chocolate, minerals and fine sweet tannins lead to a long silky finish.

"The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Las Piedras Vineyard shows great minerality, wonderful black raspberry and blackcurrant fruit, a sumptuous full-bodied mouthfeel, light tannin, low acidity and a fleshy, long finish. This wine spent 20 months in 100% new French oak, but you would never know it from smelling and tasting this wine. Drink now-2038."

96 Points - Robert Parker (Tasting Report 227, The Wine Advocate)

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2016 Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard BBS
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The robust character of Beckstoffer Las Piedras takes on breathtaking levels of concentration when the heart of this vineyard is isolated from the rest. The expected muscularity is still present, but new degrees of flavors, including roasted game, espresso, black pepper, and a bramble-like quality accompany the fruit character. Interestingly, the usual grip of sturdy tannins is more thoroughly integrated in the 2016 BBS, resulting in a hedonistic, irresistible style that can still support decades of cellaring.

-Martin R. Reyes MW

2 Barrels (50 cases) produced

Made from the most concentrated and pure selections from this vineyard, the Beckstoffer Las Piedras BBS is an extremely focused study of depth and complexity. Bold but balanced, this wine is seamless on the palate as it integrates abundant minerals; ripe, dark berries; savory spices; and dark cholate notes that melt into a long, generous finish.

Extremely concentrated, dark, complex and brooding. Unctuous and seamless on the palate with abundant minerals, ripe dark berries, spices and dark chocolate notes leading to a very long finish.

1 Barrel (25 cases) produced

Very dark. This is rich and super concentrated with scorched earth, wild flowers, dark berries, dark chocolate & minerals. The palate is layered, unctuous and rich, showcasing flavors of licorice, berries and minerals. The beautiful sophisticated fine tannins lead to a long silky finish. Our extremely limited BBS was made from the very best grapes in the heart of our vineyard block.

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2015 Napa Valley
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A blend of extraordinary vineyards in Oakville, Saint Helena, Pritchard Hill and Napa, our 2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a medley of rich flavors that offer striking depth. A graceful structure concentrates the beautiful purity and exceptional balance that form the core of this wine before leading to a silky finale.

18 Barrels (450 cases) produced

"Very deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon offers up cassis, baked plums and warm cherries notions with touches of cigar box, underbrush and menthol plus a waft of baking spices. Medium to full-bodied, the palate offers up loads of black fruit preserves and spicy notions with a finely grained frame and great freshness, finishing with a plush texture and savory nuances. 450 cases were made."

94 Points - Lisa Perrotti Brown MW (Tasting Report 234, The Wine Advocate)

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Dark red color. Complex and concentrated perfume of sweet red and blue berries, blue flowers, thyme and star anise. The palate is layered and offers an expansive creamy texture leading to a long, balanced finish with dark chocolate, ripe pure dark berries and silky ripe tannins.

"The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is a beauty, with an opaque purple color, an exceptional nose of blueberries, blackberries, charcoal and white flowers. The purity comes through big-time, the wine is dense, supple and, like so many 2014s, opulent, plush and endearing. This wine spent 20 months in 100% new French oak and was accessed from four of the best-known Napa vineyards: Las Piedras, Dr. Crane and Moulds Family vineyards and the large Stagecoach Vineyard. Drink it over the next 20+ years."

95 Points - Robert M. Parker Jr. (Tasting Report 227, The Wine Advocate)

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Beckstoffer GIII
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Beckstoffer GIII vineyard

The historic Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard in Rutherford was partially planted in 1895 by Mrs Thomas Rutherford. It was purchased and fully developed by Georges de Latour in 1928 for Beaulieu Vineyards whose legendary winemaker, Andre Tchelistcheff, crafted brilliant wines from this vineyard and established its glowing reputation. Purchased by Beckstoffer Vineyards in 1988, the vineyard has since been replanted using new Cabernet Sauvignon clones with tighter spacing and advanced trellising systems.

Bench
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Bench vineyard

The site was chosen by Richard Steltzner as ideal for growing Cabernet Sauvignon after tasting the quality of neighbor Nathan Fays homemade Cabernet Sauvignon in the early 1960’s. Planted to Cabernet Sauvignon in 1964, the grapes were originally sold to various wineries and neighbors. The famed 1972 Clos Du Val Cabernet Sauvignon, a winner at the Judgment of Paris tasting, as well as the first release of Joseph Phelps Insignia all were crafted from grapes grown on the Estate. Meticulous farming by Jim Barbour combined with mature vineyards, provide amazing quality of fruit. Situated on the Eastern side of Napa Valley, at the base of the Stags Leap Palisades, the fruit grown on this is truly remarkable vineyard site benefits from the gentle slope and elevation, unique soils and cool breezes from the San Pablo Bay. Resulting wines show an extraordinary mix of intensity, silkiness, power and grace.

Houyi
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Houyi vineyard

At nearly 1,300 feet above sea level on southward sloping acreage on Pritchard Hill, Houyi Vineyard sits above the fog, basking in the morning sunshine. The red volcanic soil is exceptionally rocky, well drained and ideal for growing vines that yield incredibly concentrated fruit. We will begin to work with our dedicated block in 2016. Our first harvest from this outstanding site will be 2017.

Oakville Ranch
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Oakville Ranch vineyard

Oakville Ranch is the original mountain vineyard of the Oakville sub-appellation, a tiny district that produces some of Napa Valley’s most celebrated Cabernets. Situated 861 to 1,400 feet above the valley floor, Oakville Ranch produces fruit that speaks from the appellation's signature red volcanic soil with a mountain accent. With less than a quarter of the historic property planted to vineyards, the remainder consists of untouched natural habitat sustaining native flora and fauna along with orchards, vegetable gardens and bee hives. Vines are surrounded by wild grass, native meadows and unsullied woodlands, while insectaries and avian habitats provide efficient pest control and welcome biodiversity. The vineyards are planted on rootstocks selected for their drought resistance, reducing the need for irrigation. Meticulous care in farming has awakened the vineyards’ exceptional potential; they are producing fruit of the highest quality available in the appellation.

2015 Napa Valley
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A blend of extraordinary vineyards in Oakville, Saint Helena, Pritchard Hill and Napa, our 2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a medley of rich flavors that offer striking depth. A graceful structure concentrates the beautiful purity and exceptional balance that form the core of this wine before leading to a silky finale.

18 Barrels (450 cases) produced

"Very deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon offers up cassis, baked plums and warm cherries notions with touches of cigar box, underbrush and menthol plus a waft of baking spices. Medium to full-bodied, the palate offers up loads of black fruit preserves and spicy notions with a finely grained frame and great freshness, finishing with a plush texture and savory nuances. 450 cases were made."

94 Points - Lisa Perrotti Brown MW (Tasting Report 234, The Wine Advocate)

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Platt
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Platt vineyard

Sitting high above the morning fog, at an altitude of 800 ft on a ridge line near the Pacific Ocean, Platt is one of the coolest sites on the coast and is renowned for the extraordinary quality of its Pinot Noir & Chardonnay. The vines produce very small crops of intense fruit at very low sugar levels. We are extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to work with this vineyard as we believe that it is one of the few true Grand Cru sites in California. Label design by Richard Von Saal.

Sleeping Lady
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Sleeping Lady vineyard

The Sleeping Lady Vineyard rests against the western hills, just south of the town of Yountville. It is named after the silhouette that the unique ridge line of the Mayacamas Moutains just above the vineyard makes against the skyline. The reclining lady’s flowing hair and limbs actually mark the alluvial fans that have deposited perfectly balanced loam soils at the site, along with plenty of gravel and rock, providing excellent drainage. The terroir at Sleeping Lady is exceptionally well suited to producing ultra high quality Cabernet Sauvignon. The fruit quality here is exceptional, beautifully structured, refined and elegant.

Stagecoach
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Stagecoach vineyard

Perched high above the fog line, the entire Stagecoach property is breathtaking, but we favor the prestigious Pritchard Hill section for our wines. Our extraordinary 3.55 acre block is located in the northwestern part of the vineyard and hugs the mountain’s southwest facing slopes that keep watch from Napa Valley to the San Francisco Bay. Red volcanic soils made of boulder-strewn clay loam anchor the vines here while moderate mid-day temperatures and a steady breeze from the valley floor help them ripen slowly, long into the season. The vineyard got its name from the story of a gentleman bandit known as Black Bart who used to ride this rugged tundra and rob the daily stagecoach that passed from St. Helena to Monticello. While we never take shortcuts to achieve a goal, we do share Black Bart’s spirit of creativity, innovation, and pushing boundaries. It was with those tenets guiding our path that we started Vice Versa with 300 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon made from this very vineyard. The grapes that grow in this mountaintop oasis enable us to make wines that are concentrated, complex, and distinguished by minerality that gives way to silky, ripe tannins.

2015 Napa Valley
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A blend of extraordinary vineyards in Oakville, Saint Helena, Pritchard Hill and Napa, our 2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a medley of rich flavors that offer striking depth. A graceful structure concentrates the beautiful purity and exceptional balance that form the core of this wine before leading to a silky finale.

18 Barrels (450 cases) produced

"Very deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon offers up cassis, baked plums and warm cherries notions with touches of cigar box, underbrush and menthol plus a waft of baking spices. Medium to full-bodied, the palate offers up loads of black fruit preserves and spicy notions with a finely grained frame and great freshness, finishing with a plush texture and savory nuances. 450 cases were made."

94 Points - Lisa Perrotti Brown MW (Tasting Report 234, The Wine Advocate)

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Dark red color. Complex and concentrated perfume of sweet red and blue berries, blue flowers, thyme and star anise. The palate is layered and offers an expansive creamy texture leading to a long, balanced finish with dark chocolate, ripe pure dark berries and silky ripe tannins.

"The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is a beauty, with an opaque purple color, an exceptional nose of blueberries, blackberries, charcoal and white flowers. The purity comes through big-time, the wine is dense, supple and, like so many 2014s, opulent, plush and endearing. This wine spent 20 months in 100% new French oak and was accessed from four of the best-known Napa vineyards: Las Piedras, Dr. Crane and Moulds Family vineyards and the large Stagecoach Vineyard. Drink it over the next 20+ years."

95 Points - Robert M. Parker Jr. (Tasting Report 227, The Wine Advocate)

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2014 Le Petit Vice
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Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from acclaimed vineyards in the Napa Valley, the 2014 Le Petit Vice is a true testament to the 2014 vintage; full-bodied, layered and refined. Offering complex aromatics of plum, red cherry and cassis, with subtle hints of licorice, black tea and thyme. It's rich mouthfeel excites the palate while maintaining a beautiful balance of ripe fruit and acidity. With integrated fine tannins, the 2014 Le Petit Vice rolls like a wave into a seemingly never-ending finish. This is a wine to treasure and share for years to come.

Our wines are meticulously crafted with fruit from some of Napa Valley's most celebrated vineyards:

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