Theorem Vineyards

Voir Dire Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon

9.613 ratings
9.66 pro ratings
Diamond Mountain, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Shay A
9.6

Day 4 in Napa in the books! Running a day behind on notes...Napa time runs slow AND fast!

This was spectacular, and I enjoyed this slightly over the ‘15. Very signature TRB notes on the nose with candied black cherry, touch of blueberry and ripe blackberries. More dark cocoa, creme de cassis & sweet vanilla pipe tobacco.

Day 4 in Napa in the books! Running a day behind on notes...Napa time runs slow AND fast!

This was spectacular, and I enjoyed this slightly over the ‘15. Very signature TRB notes on the nose with candied black cherry, touch of blueberry and ripe blackberries. More dark cocoa, creme de cassis & sweet vanilla pipe tobacco.

Feb 5th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.5

I didn’t get to spend as much time as I would have liked with their 2015 as we were running late to get to our next appointment. I also did not get to write notes on their new 16 Hawk’s Prey.

The 15 is very approachable vs. the 13 & 14. It is less concentrated than the 13 & 14. More fruity. The nose shows more withering florals and red fruits. Dark and slightly baked cherries. Strawberries, black cherries, black raspberries, plum, vanilla, cinnamon, whiffs of clove, leather, limestone minerals, red cola, dry top soil, clay and bright red florals.

The body is full but, less full than the 13 & 14. Tannins softer and more velvety. As well, more bright red fruits. The acidity is also beautiful, it’s elegant and shows more bright red fruit in the finish.

I would have liked to spend a lot more time with their 2015 so I could have written more detailed notes. However, we simply ran out of time.

Photos of; their sloping hillside vineyard, beautiful fruit waiting to be harvested, immaculate stainless steel tank room and a lounge area in their barrel room.

I didn’t get to spend as much time as I would have liked with their 2015 as we were running late to get to our next appointment. I also did not get to write notes on their new 16 Hawk’s Prey.

The 15 is very approachable vs. the 13 & 14. It is less concentrated than the 13 & 14. More fruity. The nose shows more withering florals and red fruits. Dark and slightly baked cherries. Strawberries, black cherries, black raspberries, plum, vanilla, cinnamon, whiffs of clove, leather, limestone minerals, red cola, dry top soil, clay and bright red florals.

The body is full but, less full than the 13 & 14. Tannins softer and more velvety. As well, more bright red fruits. The acidity is also beautiful, it’s elegant and shows more bright red fruit in the finish.

I would have liked to spend a lot more time with their 2015 so I could have written more detailed notes. However, we simply ran out of time.

Photos of; their sloping hillside vineyard, beautiful fruit waiting to be harvested, immaculate stainless steel tank room and a lounge area in their barrel room.

Jan 30th, 2019
Shay A
9.5

Day 4 in Napa in the books! Running a day behind on notes...Napa time runs slow AND fast!

Compared to the ‘14, more acidity here. It got a touch lighter on the palate with added spice, like rhubarb. I agree with the notes below that this seemed more red fruit dominant at this stage. Cherry cordial, roasted plum, dark cocoa dusted dates. These Theorem wines are wonderful.

Day 4 in Napa in the books! Running a day behind on notes...Napa time runs slow AND fast!

Compared to the ‘14, more acidity here. It got a touch lighter on the palate with added spice, like rhubarb. I agree with the notes below that this seemed more red fruit dominant at this stage. Cherry cordial, roasted plum, dark cocoa dusted dates. These Theorem wines are wonderful.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 5th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.6

The nose reveals less concentration and more red fruit than 13. Still ruby and beautiful. Deep, dark; blackberries, blue fruits, dark cherries, some baked strawberries, black raspberries with raspberries haunting the edges, black plum, plum, cigar, saddle-wood to cedar, anise, caramel, vanilla sky, dark chocolate, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, some underbrush, crushed dry rocks. dark rich soil, black licorice, some asian spices, dark berry cola, with very dark red fresh & withering flowers, bright violets and beautiful lavender.

Big full body, not quite as big as their 13. The tannins are firm and grainy. More pronounced than the 13. The structure is again big as is the tension. The length incredible as is the balance. Deep, dark; blackberries, blue fruits, dark cherries, some baked strawberries, well extracted pomegranate & dry cranberries, black raspberries with raspberries haunting the edges, black plum & plum. Cigar, saddle-wood to cedar, anise, caramel, vanilla sky, dark chocolate, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, some underbrush, crushed dry rocks, dark rich soil, black licorice, some asian spices, steeped tea, dark berry cola, with very dark red fresh & withering flowers, bright violets and beautiful lavender. The wine is seem-less wire to wire. The acidity even better than the 13. More balance now than the 13 but, both will be outstanding wine. The well polished finish shows more tannins and balance of fruit and earth than the 13. Its is also very persistent and more feminine than the 13.

The 2014 just missed 97 as I lean a little conservative with young wines. However, this 14 may end up being better in the long run than the 13 but, both wines are outstanding in their own right and I bought both. The 13 will definitely out cellar the 14 but, both will age effortlessly for two decades plus.

Photos of; the recently renovated Victorian style house on the property, our personalized printed tasting order with cheese pairings, tasting set up and their sloping hillside Estate vineyard.

The nose reveals less concentration and more red fruit than 13. Still ruby and beautiful. Deep, dark; blackberries, blue fruits, dark cherries, some baked strawberries, black raspberries with raspberries haunting the edges, black plum, plum, cigar, saddle-wood to cedar, anise, caramel, vanilla sky, dark chocolate, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, some underbrush, crushed dry rocks. dark rich soil, black licorice, some asian spices, dark berry cola, with very dark red fresh & withering flowers, bright violets and beautiful lavender.

Big full body, not quite as big as their 13. The tannins are firm and grainy. More pronounced than the 13. The structure is again big as is the tension. The length incredible as is the balance. Deep, dark; blackberries, blue fruits, dark cherries, some baked strawberries, well extracted pomegranate & dry cranberries, black raspberries with raspberries haunting the edges, black plum & plum. Cigar, saddle-wood to cedar, anise, caramel, vanilla sky, dark chocolate, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, some underbrush, crushed dry rocks, dark rich soil, black licorice, some asian spices, steeped tea, dark berry cola, with very dark red fresh & withering flowers, bright violets and beautiful lavender. The wine is seem-less wire to wire. The acidity even better than the 13. More balance now than the 13 but, both will be outstanding wine. The well polished finish shows more tannins and balance of fruit and earth than the 13. Its is also very persistent and more feminine than the 13.

The 2014 just missed 97 as I lean a little conservative with young wines. However, this 14 may end up being better in the long run than the 13 but, both wines are outstanding in their own right and I bought both. The 13 will definitely out cellar the 14 but, both will age effortlessly for two decades plus.

Photos of; the recently renovated Victorian style house on the property, our personalized printed tasting order with cheese pairings, tasting set up and their sloping hillside Estate vineyard.

1 person found it helpfulJan 30th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.6

Theorem Voir Dire is a relatively newer wine made by Thomas Rivers Brown or as some of us refer to as TRB. TRB makes or has made a number of wines which include; Chiarello, Outpost, Schrader, Aston Estate, Boars’ View, Maybach, Rivers-Marie, Seaver Vineyards, Hestan, Casa Piena, Saunter, Wallis, Black Sears, Harris Estate, Kinsella, Jones Family, Travail, Stone the Crows, Pulido-Walker, Post Parade, Riverain, Shibumi Knoll, Hobel, Revana, Ampère, 4 Winds, the Grade, Round Pond, Senses, Mending Wall, Sodhani, Vermeil, Gemstone, and QTR. TRB has made at least 25 💯 point wines in his career.

If you love a big, bold, brooding, luxurious, gorgeous, sexy Cabernet, as Val Kilmer said, in “Tombstone” “I’m your huckleberry”, (2013 Voir Dire).

Its color is dark and well extracted. The nose reveals, rich, ruby lush, fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, concentrated blueberries, black plum, plum, dark cherries and an array of purple fruits. Vanilla, cinnamon, clove, mocha powder, dark chocolate, mellow dark spice, black licorice to anise, sweet tarriness, saddle-wood, rich, dark soil, dry crushed rock powder, limestone volcanic minerals, nice subtle herbaceous notes, very dark fresh & withering dark florals, violets and lavender.

The body is big, bold lush, ruby, and deeply concentrated with big dark, tarry, sticky, well rounded, meaty tannins. The ripe, lush, rich fruits are beautiful and well extracted. The structure is big as is the tension. It has long length and beautiful balance. Ripe; blackberries, black raspberries, concentrated blueberries, black plum, plum, dark cherries and an array of purple fruits. Vanilla, cinnamon, clove, mocha powder, dark chocolate, caramel, mellow dark spice, black licorice to anise, sweet tarriness, saddle-wood, rich, dark soil, dry finely crushed rock powder, limestone volcanic minerals, nice subtle herbaceous notes with very dark fresh & withering florals, violets and lavender. The acidity is round and nicely done. The long, elegant, beautiful, richly concentrated finish is superb and it persists for minutes.

It is through
@Isaac Pirolo who has recently become their VP of Sales & Marketing, I became familiar with their wines and thank him for arranging our visit.

Photos of; Theorem’s Estate vines, Winemaker-Thomas Rivers Brown, Owners-Kisha and Jason Itkin and the Victorian house they renovated on the property.

Theorem Voir Dire is a relatively newer wine made by Thomas Rivers Brown or as some of us refer to as TRB. TRB makes or has made a number of wines which include; Chiarello, Outpost, Schrader, Aston Estate, Boars’ View, Maybach, Rivers-Marie, Seaver Vineyards, Hestan, Casa Piena, Saunter, Wallis, Black Sears, Harris Estate, Kinsella, Jones Family, Travail, Stone the Crows, Pulido-Walker, Post Parade, Riverain, Shibumi Knoll, Hobel, Revana, Ampère, 4 Winds, the Grade, Round Pond, Senses, Mending Wall, Sodhani, Vermeil, Gemstone, and QTR. TRB has made at least 25 💯 point wines in his career.

If you love a big, bold, brooding, luxurious, gorgeous, sexy Cabernet, as Val Kilmer said, in “Tombstone” “I’m your huckleberry”, (2013 Voir Dire).

Its color is dark and well extracted. The nose reveals, rich, ruby lush, fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, concentrated blueberries, black plum, plum, dark cherries and an array of purple fruits. Vanilla, cinnamon, clove, mocha powder, dark chocolate, mellow dark spice, black licorice to anise, sweet tarriness, saddle-wood, rich, dark soil, dry crushed rock powder, limestone volcanic minerals, nice subtle herbaceous notes, very dark fresh & withering dark florals, violets and lavender.

The body is big, bold lush, ruby, and deeply concentrated with big dark, tarry, sticky, well rounded, meaty tannins. The ripe, lush, rich fruits are beautiful and well extracted. The structure is big as is the tension. It has long length and beautiful balance. Ripe; blackberries, black raspberries, concentrated blueberries, black plum, plum, dark cherries and an array of purple fruits. Vanilla, cinnamon, clove, mocha powder, dark chocolate, caramel, mellow dark spice, black licorice to anise, sweet tarriness, saddle-wood, rich, dark soil, dry finely crushed rock powder, limestone volcanic minerals, nice subtle herbaceous notes with very dark fresh & withering florals, violets and lavender. The acidity is round and nicely done. The long, elegant, beautiful, richly concentrated finish is superb and it persists for minutes.

It is through
@Isaac Pirolo who has recently become their VP of Sales & Marketing, I became familiar with their wines and thank him for arranging our visit.

Photos of; Theorem’s Estate vines, Winemaker-Thomas Rivers Brown, Owners-Kisha and Jason Itkin and the Victorian house they renovated on the property.

1 person found it helpfulJan 30th, 2019
Meg Herring

Beautiful black fruits accented by red berries. Earth tones. Fresh mountain air. Incredibly bright acid. This wine was love at first sip for me. The 2013 and 2015 are also amazing but the 2014’s balance and indescribable spirit put it on another level for me.

Beautiful black fruits accented by red berries. Earth tones. Fresh mountain air. Incredibly bright acid. This wine was love at first sip for me. The 2013 and 2015 are also amazing but the 2014’s balance and indescribable spirit put it on another level for me.

1 person found it helpfulNov 20th, 2018
Isaac Pirolo

The 2013 Voir Dire has more left bank character than the 14 and 15, which is probably why it’s my favorite, but picking a favorite will never be easy.

From left to right, Eddie Vedder, Ray LaMontagne, and Ben Harper. So similar, yet so different. Similarity in cadence and tone. Distinction in texture and polish. Familial resemblance, yet clearly individual.

The 2013 Voir Dire has more left bank character than the 14 and 15, which is probably why it’s my favorite, but picking a favorite will never be easy.

From left to right, Eddie Vedder, Ray LaMontagne, and Ben Harper. So similar, yet so different. Similarity in cadence and tone. Distinction in texture and polish. Familial resemblance, yet clearly individual.

Nov 12th, 2018
Isaac Pirolo

@Bill Bender I just sent you an allocation of Theorem’s 2015 Voir Dire... this song’s for you... (edit... this should have said “an email about an allocation...” Jason Itkin is gonna kill me... lol)

I went home with a waitress,
The way I always do.
How was I to know?
She was with the Russians, too.

I was gambling in Havana,
I took a little risk.
Send lawyers, guns, and money,
Dad, get me out of this.

I’m hiding in Honduras.
I’m a desperate man.
Send lawyers, guns, and money,
The shit has hit the fan.

@Bill Bender I just sent you an allocation of Theorem’s 2015 Voir Dire... this song’s for you... (edit... this should have said “an email about an allocation...” Jason Itkin is gonna kill me... lol)

I went home with a waitress,
The way I always do.
How was I to know?
She was with the Russians, too.

I was gambling in Havana,
I took a little risk.
Send lawyers, guns, and money,
Dad, get me out of this.

I’m hiding in Honduras.
I’m a desperate man.
Send lawyers, guns, and money,
The shit has hit the fan.

Nov 10th, 2018
Isaac Pirolo

We released the 2015 Theorem Vineyards Voir Dire Cabernet Sauvignon today. Family owned, estate Diamond Mountain fruit from blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon planted in 1985 and made by Thomas Rivers Brown. This is why you drink Napa Cabernet. Don’t miss it.

And after working harvest this year, I have no qualms with self promotion. You can now buy the wine at theoremvineyards.com/shop

We released the 2015 Theorem Vineyards Voir Dire Cabernet Sauvignon today. Family owned, estate Diamond Mountain fruit from blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon planted in 1985 and made by Thomas Rivers Brown. This is why you drink Napa Cabernet. Don’t miss it.

And after working harvest this year, I have no qualms with self promotion. You can now buy the wine at theoremvineyards.com/shop

Nov 7th, 2018
Isaac Pirolo

The truth is… the exception proves the rule. The black fruit character of Voir Dire is undeniable. I might even call it the signature. The 2015 Voir Dire, however, adds a shade of red to the black that I have not seen in the preceding three vintages. Blackberry and black raspberry provide the canvas for silky strokes of cherry pipe tobacco, lavender pastille, mocha, baking spice, and Chiles de árbol. The opulence of the fruit is balanced by savory tones of earth, iron, meat, and herbs. The silkiness of the mouthfeel slowly adds texture and chewiness as it builds towards the expansive finish.

The other truth is... writing tasting notes as a group is both hilariously difficult and some of the most fun I’ve had yet. James Cerda and
@Kathleen Ward deserve equal credit/blame.

The other other truth is... Theorem signs my paycheck so I’m not going to score the wine going forward. Closing my business and moving across the country for it should tell you more than my points.

The truth is… the exception proves the rule. The black fruit character of Voir Dire is undeniable. I might even call it the signature. The 2015 Voir Dire, however, adds a shade of red to the black that I have not seen in the preceding three vintages. Blackberry and black raspberry provide the canvas for silky strokes of cherry pipe tobacco, lavender pastille, mocha, baking spice, and Chiles de árbol. The opulence of the fruit is balanced by savory tones of earth, iron, meat, and herbs. The silkiness of the mouthfeel slowly adds texture and chewiness as it builds towards the expansive finish.

The other truth is... writing tasting notes as a group is both hilariously difficult and some of the most fun I’ve had yet. James Cerda and
@Kathleen Ward deserve equal credit/blame.

The other other truth is... Theorem signs my paycheck so I’m not going to score the wine going forward. Closing my business and moving across the country for it should tell you more than my points.

Jun 29th, 2018