Talk about a conversation starter. Bust out this blend of The Debate’s single vineyard selections, in a format built to share, and let the compliments roll in. This is an incredibly powerful, opulent beauty with complex notes of licorice, graphite and cigar over cassis. Endless depths and flawless balance make an argument for perfection while the inherent structure and size speaks to a good three decades of life in a cool cellar.
Though it’s a relatively new project, The Debate has had an audacious debut. This joint venture between Hoefliger and philanthropist and wine lover Rob McKay has received the kind of press in The Wine Advocate that many wineries can only dream about.The duo works closely each year with vineyard impresario Andy Beckstoffer to create three distinct expressions of three of the most iconic Napa Valley terroirs: Dr. Crane in Saint Helena (est’d 1858), Missouri Hopper in Yountville (est’d 1877), and To Kalon in Oakville (est’d 1868).
A blend of all the single vineyards, the 2017 The Ultimate Debate checks in at the top of the heap, although not by much. This incredibly full-bodied, powerful, opulent beauty boasts a saturated purple hue as well as complex notes of cigar wrapper, toasted bread, licorice, graphite, and cassis. Never putting a foot wrong, with flawless balance, a deep, multi-dimensional texture, and a great finish, it’s released only in magnums and is going to be long-lived. Give bottles 4-5 years and enjoy over the following 30+.