The Debate includes three perspectives of Napa Valley Cabernet Francs from three outstanding vineyards in Napa Valley: Sleeping Lady, Beckstoffer To Kalon and Stagecoach. Cabernet Franc is known as the father of Cabernet Sauvignon but rarely bottled on its own. When built as a standalone wine, we believe that Cabernet Franc makes a powerful statement. Crafted by Jean Hoefliger using the same winemaking techniques, these three wines show the true diversity of terroir and the art of interpretation.
Bettinelli’s Sleeping Lady Vineyard is located on the southern tip of the Yountville foothills in the alluvial Mayacamas Bench. The vineyard is named for the distinctive foothills behind the property, which look like a woman laying on her side. The Bettinelli Family are innovators in the farming community, embracing cutting edge technology allowing us to track photosynthesis activity, vine stress levels, and phenolic evolution throughout the year. Sleeping Lady is the coolest and most elegant of our sites due to the bay influence paired with its alluvial soil.
Beckstoffer To Kalon
The fabled Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is nestled on the warm valley floor, cultivating a remarkable Cabernet Franc with granular tannins and a full-bodied mouthfeel. The biggest secret of To Kalon is its acidity. Due to its location on the west side of the Valley tucked against the Mayacamas Mountain Range, the setting sun hides behind the mountains early in the day which protects the acidity content of the berries. With a mere 10% of Cabernet Franc planted at Beckstoffer To Kalon, THE DEBATE is excited to share this expression of the varietal.
Stagecoach Vineyard is the largest contiguous vineyard in Napa Valley. The 1,100 acres of rocky, volcanic terroir extend from the southern edge of Pritchard Hill overlooking Oakville to the westernmost regions of the Atlas Peak appellation. Our Cabernet Franc block is located at the furthest northwestern block of Stagecoach at an elevation of 1,500 feet. The terroir is known for its volcanic, rocky and iron-rich soil creating wines with power and density yet balanced with acidity.
The original line of The Debate includes three perspectives of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons from three of the most famous vineyards in Napa Valley: Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper, Beckstoffer To Kalon, and Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyards. Crafted by Jean Hoefliger using the same winemaking techniques, these three wines show the true diversity of terroir and the art of interpretation.
Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper is a spectacular vineyard situated in the sensual hourglass of the Napa Valley, where the bay influence creates a cooler climate than neighboring To Kalon Vineyard. Missouri Hopper yields Cabernet Sauvignon with a balance of ripeness and power, finished with finesse and elegance. This Debate is an extraordinary Cabernet from one of the most exceptional sites Napa Valley has to offer.
Nestled at the edge of the Mayacamas Mountains in the center of Napa Valley, the famed Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard receives just enough morning fog and full day sun to produce Cabernet Sauvignon grapes with a juxtaposition of sweet and spicy.
Dr. Crane Vineyard is situated on the West side of St. Helena with its gravelly loamy soils and balmy climate. Of the three vineyards, Dr. Crane is the warmest, and has the most extracted wine style. The result is a Debate with rich and velvety palate and a touch of candied fruit on the finish.