The Debate

2021 Cabernet Franc
Napa Valley

2023 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 27 | Lot No. 130
Vintage: 2021

The Debate

Cabernet Franc
Napa Valley

5 cases produced


  • Your wine is a proportioned blend of grapes from three unique Cabernet Franc vineyards
  • Fruit was sourced from the Sleeping Lady, Beckstoffer To Kalon and Stagecoach vineyards
  • 100% barrel fermented, 100% Cabernet Franc
  • You be the judge at THE DEBATE


THE DEBATE defines the notion of terroir as the interaction of a climate, a soil, a plant in a unique location and the local culture. THE DEBATE PREMIERE offers three unique terroir perspectives for your palate. Each wine within THE DEBATE possesses its own personality and reflects different facets from its place in the Napa Valley. THE DEBATE celebrates the diversity of single vineyards, the art of conversation, the difference of viewpoints and most importantly the enjoyment of sharing them. Premiere Napa Valley is your opportunity to taste a proportioned blend of dynamic Cabernet Francs to see the way they interact together.

Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Sustainably produced

Jean Hoefliger

Winemaker, The Debate

Winemaker, Jean Hoefliger

Jean Hoefliger's initial experience took him from Switzerland to Bordeaux and South Africa, making wine at the esteemed estates of Chateau Lynch-Bages, Chateau Carbonnieux and Meerlust. After completing a winemaking and viticulture degree at the Swiss federal school of Changins, Jean came to California where he spent the first five years in Napa Valley as Winemaker for Newton Vineyard. He then continued on to the famed Alpha Omega Winery along with Tolosa Winery in San Luis Obispo, California and Perinet Winery in Spain. In addition, to other projects across the globe Jean consults for THE DEBATE. Jean's winemaking style is characterized by long, natural barrel fermentation, he also often leaves red wines on skins for an extended amount of time to create wines that are delicious, intriguing and complex. Jean brings the true character of the vine and the terroir into the wine by making naturally fermented, unfined and unfiltered wines that show elegance, finesse and the capacity to age. Jean's esteem has grown as his wines continue to garner high scores and critical acclaim while his generosity of spirit, passion and down to earth attitude shine above it all.

Country born: Switzerland

Education: Winemaking and Viticulture degree at the Swiss Federal School of Changins

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Two friends have brought their unique perspectives together to create thought provoking and delicious wines that extend beyond the sense of taste to the thrill of telling stories and the art of listening. Jean Hoefliger began a new chapter in his global wine career when he partnered as Consulting Winemaker with Rob McKay to create The Debate. Their experience and perspective paired together has crafted wines that celebrate the art of conversation, the difference of viewpoints, and the enjoyment of sharing them through DEBATE.

Winery Distribution

The Debate is distributed in the following markets. Please contact the winery directly for the most up-to-date distribution information and to explore commercial opportunities.

The Debate Contact: Todd  Kerlin


  • France ( Signature Selections )
  • Puerto Rico ( Afficionados )
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