2013 The Debate Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Napa Valley Wine Tasting Note

2013 The Debate Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard  (Napa Valley) 97

Sensuously textured, the wine offers tobacco, cigar wrapper, sweet, black cherries and hints of floral notes in the perfume. Opulent, refined and velvety, the fruit just feels like silk on your palate. With all the serious levels if intensity and concentration, everything runs smoothly as all is in perfect balance.

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The Debate Jean Hoefliger Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

When to Drink The Debate, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

The Debate is a big California Cabernet Sauvignon wine. But because the fruit is so ripe, as are the tannins, you can drink this young. However, it will show best with at least 2-5 years of bottle age, depending on the vintage. The wine can be enjoyed for at least 15-25 years. Young vintages can be decanted for 1-3 hours, depending on the character of the vintage. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Serving The Debate with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

The Debate is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The Debate is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, ribs, hamburgers, barbecue, roasted, braised, grilled dishes and stews. The Debate is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, salmon, mushrooms and pasta.