- Producer: Vice Versa
- Winemakers: Patrice Breton & Philippe Melka
- Region (AVA): Napa Valley (Stags Leap District)
- Blend: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot
- Vintage production: 100 cases
- Winery location: St. Helena
- Owner: Patrice Breton
- First vintage: 2017
- Drinking window: 2020-2040+
About The Wine
This exceptional site, located at the feet of the Palisades in Stag’s Leap District, was originally planted by Dick Steltzner in the mid-60’s. Our 45-year old F block vines were the core of the 1972 Clos du Val which placed in the historic Paris Tasting of 1976. Older vines produce fewer berries that are smaller in size but have terrific intensity, structure, depth, complexity, concentration, and colour.
The Steltzner 2018 was fermented in stainles steel tanks, spending 29 days on the skins. It was aged in French oak barrels (90% new) for 18 months and bottled without fining.
Vice Versa Steltzner Vineyard Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
"A new cuvée from this team, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Steltzner Old Vines comes from vines planted in 1981, and there are a scant 100 cases produced. It’s a textbook example of this great vintage, offering loads of tobacco, white flowers, and leafy herbs, full-bodied richness, loads of blueberry and cassis fruits, and a rich, opulent, sexy style that’s rare to find in the vintage. Made from 100% Cabernet aged 18 months in 75% new barrels, enjoy this classic Napa Valley red any time over the coming 20+ years."
98+ points, Jeb Dunnuck (Jan. 2021)