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Review: Wines of Vicarious, 2022 Releases

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Vicarious isn’t only a model of wines — a sub-brand of Napa’s Modus Operandi — it’s a wine-tasting “expertise.” Vicarious contains 4 Napa/Sonoma bottlings, every backed up by on-line video that walks you thru the winemaking and tasting course of. I’m undecided I purchase the financial argument that $65 for 4 4-ounce pattern bottles and a few video — as strong as it’s — is the equal of a $7000 journey to the wine nation — however I suppose you’ll must be the choose on that one.

I tasted all 4 present Vicarious releases, following a Zoom-based introduction by its winemaker. All had been tasted from pattern bottles, however full bottles can be found ($195 for the set) — as are 8-ounce samples ($95 for 4) — and the complete bottle costs are indicated under. Please word that pattern bottles arrive with none classic info famous (you merely get the newest one out there), however I inquired and am together with that knowledge within the tasting notes under.

2020 Vicarious Chardonnay Sonoma Coast – There’s a number of acidity on this chardonnay, which initially retains its barrel influences at arm’s size. Notes of lime leaf and grapefruit are considerably shocking up entrance, the wine ultimately winding its approach into notes of gooseberry and a lightweight coconut character, silky vanilla lingering on a end that also finds room for hints of lime and lemon meringue to cleanse the palate. The extra I sip on it, the extra I prefer it. A- / $35

2019 Vicarious Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – A mushy, fairly approachable, and light-hued pinot, the wine reveals a mild cherry core complemented by a really light-handed contact of vanilla and milk chocolate. Turning barely citrusy on the tongue because the purple fruit component fades, there’s an actual vibrance right here, gently minty on the end, that so many fashionable pinots are lacking. An entirely approachable wine at this value. A- / $35

2019 Vicarious Crimson Mix Napa Valley – Mix unspoken, but it surely’s normally some mixture of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, syrah, and petite sirah. This can be a juicy and enjoyable wine, not overly cab-heavy en path to a showcase of raspberry and strawberry jam, some orange flower notes, and a mild contact of tannin that sharpens up the again finish. It’s a enjoyable mixture of fruit and florals that by no means feels laden. A- / $55

2019 Vicarious Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – Whereas the rest of Vicarious’ s wines are surprisingly elegant, this cabernet is basically uninspired, a reasonably anticipated assortment of currants, blackberry jam, and rolling tannins that doesn’t do a lot to boost the bar. Ample tannins, leathery, tarry and barely peppery, give the wine a brooding, savory high quality on the again finish. B / $65

2020 Vicarious Chardonnay Sonoma Coast




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