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November 1, 2019
Bevan Cellars began as a true “garage” winery in 2004. With one ton of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon made available from Showket Vineyard and with the help of a small group of friends willing to harvest and sort fruit, Russell Bevan and Victoria DeCrescenzo, amateur winemakers with no formal training, created their first Napa Cabernet. Once Kal Showket tasted the wine he quickly hired Bevan as their new winemaker.
This is not to imply that making great wine is easy. It isn’t. But some people have the palate, the intuition, the natural gifts to produce something that exceeds expectation, exceeds their competition…….in Napa Valley we call them “Cult Cabernets”. Wines that drive enthusiasts to hunt down and hoard. Wines made in tiny volumes, from spectacular terroir, that sing and soar in the glass. Bevan Cellars’ wines are certainly that…and more!
In 2005, with more fruit purchased from Showket and some from Drystack vineyard, Bevan Cellars had its first two vineyard designates – and the first wines ever released under the eponymous label. In 2011, Bevan was catapulted into the limelight as he crafted the only 100 “Parker-point” Napa wine of this difficult vintage.
Bevan explores vineyards that have something special and more often than not, his quest for these Cabernet vineyards would bring him to Oakville. Many of Napa Valley’s most famed Cult Cabernet vineyards are here, including Tierra Roja,Ulysses (formerly Charles Hopper Ranch), Vine Hill Ranch and Tench Vineyard.
Extreme grape sorting and a luxurious barrel program allow Bevan to control with great precision the phenolics and tannins, creating absolutely huge wines that are fresh, rich and hyper-complex.
These wines are not for the faint of heart! L.O.L. They are highly detailed, marvellously textured and wildly perfumed. These two-thousand sixes are among some of the most exciting Napa Cabernets that I have tasted in recent memory.
**VOLUMES ARE EXTREMELY LIMITED, WE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO FULFILL ALL REQUESTS**
This is a limited time offer, please get your requests in as soon as possible. The wines will be arriving in early 2020.
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“While the 2016 Ontogeny Red Wine might be the least expensive wine in the lineup, it’s unquestionably at the same quality level as the top tier releases. Boasting a saturated purple colour and sensational notes of plums, currants, chocolate, and graphite, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, incredible opulence and decadent, no hard edges and perfect overall balance. It’s the real deal, and readers should snatch up this beauty. 2019-2039.”
“Blended of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc, 15% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot, the deep purple-black coloured 2016 Ontogeny Proprietary Red Wine gives pure blackberries, black cherries and blueberries with bay leaves and black pepper plus a touch of cedar. The palate is medium to full-bodied, fresh, grainy and harmonious, finishing long and juicy. 2,963 cases produced.”
95 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Oct 2018
“A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot, the deep garnet-purple coloured 2016 Proprietary Red EE Tench Vineyard is scented of pure plums and ripe blueberries with redcurrants and touches of lavender, roses, bay leaves and dusty earth. The palate is medium to full-bodied, firm, fine-grained, vibrant and refreshing, finishing long and perfumed. 1,403 cases produced.”
96 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Oct 2018
“The 2016 Tench Vineyard EE Red Wine checks in as a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Merlot, which is the smallest amount of Cabernet Franc to date. Brought up in new barrels, it has gorgeous blue fruits, violets, spring flowers, and damp earth. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, and just about as seamless and silky as it gets, this is a magical wine to drink over the coming 15 years or more. 2019-2034.”
“The 2016 Tench Vineyard ‘EE’ is an absolute beast of a wine, and the most powerful and intense of all Bevan’s 2016’s. It offers bold aromatics of ripe blueberries, black cherries and crème de cassis along with roasted coffee, graphite, sage and sweet spices all soaring from the glass. On the palate this is full-bodied with incredible richness and depth. It possesses a opulence with a dense core of ripe blueberry compote, mocha and crème de cassis flavours which all come together marvelously and linger on the ultra-long, mouth coating finish. Incredible now and should also provide years of pleasure ahead.”
“The 2016 Tench Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is another blockbuster from Bevan Cellars in this vintage. This instantly begins with absolutely seductive aromas of ripe dark currants, crème de cassis and blueberries which come together with violets, spices and mocha, underlined by hints of graphite and earthy loam. On the palate this is full-bodied, intense and powerful, yet well poised with a wonderful sense of freshness and balance. It possesses remarkable overall depth and concentration, with a tremendous rich, opulent texture that is simply impossible to resist. Layer upon layer of beautiful ripe dark fruits and sweet spices cascade onto the ultra-long, voluptuous finish. The 2016 Tench Vineyard Cabernet is incredibly expressive, forward and totally open for business now, and readers should not miss the opportunity to get their hands on a bottle of this irresistible, extremely delicious wine.”
98 points, International Wine Report, Jan 2019
“The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Tench Vineyard is very deep purple-black in colour with an earthy, meaty, broody nose with notes of mocha over baked plums and crème de cassis plus wafts of spice box and mincemeat. The palate is full-bodied, concentrated, rich and earthy with great vibrancy on the finish. 839 cases produced.”
97+ points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Oct 2018
“The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Tench Vineyard is racy and layered in the glass, with all of the textural creaminess that makes wines from this part of Oakville so alluring. Plush fruit, silky tannins and soaring aromatics make for a truly compelling Cabernet Sauvignon. Mocha, dried herbs, tobacco, menthol, licorice and cedar meld into the sumptuous finish. Time in the glass brings out terrific freshness in the dark red and purplish berry fruit. The 2016 is every bit as memorable from bottle as it was from barrel. 2021-2031.”
“From a steep hillside in Oakville, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Tench Vineyard offers a more savoury, masculine, layered style as well as a huge nose of red and black fruits, dried herbs, chocolate, and earth. It hits the palate with a full-bodied, mouthfilling style that carries plenty of tannins, a deep, concentrated mid-palate, and a great finish. I like it today, yet it’s going to continue drinking brilliantly for two decades. 2019-2039.”