2013 The Debate Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard Napa Valley California USA Wine Tasting Note
The Debate, Vineyards, Grapes, Terroir, Wines, Winemaking
The Debate Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Oakville - Produced from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine comes from a slightly cooler terroir than the other 2 sites, so you might see a bit more freshness here. The wines are made using micro vinification techniques, meaning that the wines are completely vinified in French oak barrels, and aged in the same barrel as well for about 23 months before bottling. To avoid getting too much new wood aromatics, the amount of new oak, versus used oak is an average of 70%. Not much wine is made, as only 200 cases are produced in an average vintage.
The Debate Beckstoffer To Kalon Oakville - Produced from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon comes from vines placed at the bottom of the slopes of the Mayacamas mountain range. This is warm, sun filled terroir that adds to the level of ripeness in the wine. The wine is entirely vinified and aged in 70% new, French oak barrels, for an average of 23 months before bottling.The wine is hard to find as the production is limited to 200 cases per year.
The Debate Beckstoffer Dr.Crane Vineyard, St Helena - Made using 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the micro-climate here is the warmest of the 3 sites, giving it a more precocious terroir. The soils here are quite stony, with a mixture of rocks, stones and gravel. The wines are made using micro vinification techniques, meaning that the wines are completely vinified in French oak barrels, and aged in the same barrel as well for about 23 months before bottling. To avoid getting too much new wood aromatics, the amount of new oak, versus used oak is an average of 70%. Not much wine is made, as only 200 cases are produced in an average vintage.
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.