The Debate

2016 Cabernet Franc
Napa Valley

2018 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 22 | Lot No. 134
Vintage

2016

The Debate

Cabernet Franc
Napa Valley

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • Inaugural vintage of our new Debate—The Debate of Cabernet Franc
  • Proportioned blend of three perspectives from Beckstoffer To Kalon, Stagecoach and Sleeping Lady vineyards
  • To Kalon brings a complex spine, Stagecoach brings an expressive soul and Sleeping Lady brings finesse
  • Taste the evocative “father” of Cabernet Sauvignon—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. With that in mind, we offer three unique terroir perspectives for your palate. Each is harvested from coveted Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard in Oakville, Stagecoach Vineyard in Atlas Peak and Sleeping Lady Vineyard in Yountville, each using the same winemaking techniques. However, these Cabernet Franc wines will each possess their own personality, and reflect the different facets from its place in the Napa Valley.


Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered

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: 10-15 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.

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Premiere Napa Valley Wine Collection

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AXR Winery 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Sleeping Pritchard 22
The Debate 2016 Cabernet Franc Napa Valley 22
Tierra Roja Vineyards 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Ames Straight 22
Trefethen Family Vineyards 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley Celebrating 50 Years! 22
Gandona Estate 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 21
HALL 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Sacrashe 21
La Jota Vineyard Co. 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 21
Mt. Brave 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder 21
Alpha Omega 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Dr. To Kalon 20
Gandona Estate 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 20
Matthiasson 2014 Red Wine Napa Valley Three Sisters 20
Shafer Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District Sunspot Vineyard 20
Tierra Roja Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Collaboration 20
Trefethen Family Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley Perfect Timing 20
Hess Collection Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder 19
Trefethen Family Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley Lost & Found 19
Bello Family Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 18
Shafer Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District Sunspot Vineyard 18
Spottswoode Estate Vineyard and Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena 18
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