2016 Bevan Cellars EE Cuvée Tench Vineyard

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Oakville

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  • Cristal2000 Likes this wine: 97 points

    February 26, 2021 - Big fan of this wine. Shows the progression of Bevan's winemaking from over the top rich to better balanced and nuanced. Cherries, violets, plums, and tobacco on the nose. Really fresh, seamless and surprisingly nuanced, it's spicy and taut, with well integrated and fine grained tannin and lovely layering. I think I am getting this wine too early, because it is just starting to put on weight with more air, but in time I imagine it will be palate coating goodness. As it stands, it's incredibly well constructed, with lots of complexity and a great mix of fruit, earth and minerality. It's got a long finish and I think the best days are ahead.

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  • Mark1npt commented:

    2/27/21, 2:11 PM - Thanks for the notes on this one, but I have just one. How long to decant right now? Mark

  • Cristal2000 commented:

    2/27/21, 2:23 PM - I'd give it 2-3 hours. I had PnP and it took a little while to hit it's stride. I don't think you can overdo the air.

  • Mark1npt commented:

    2/27/21, 5:54 PM - Thanks Cristal.....appreciate the advice!

  • vintage1949 commented:

    6/13/21, 3:42 AM - Hi Cristal,
    When do you think the optimal time period for drinking this wine will be? I only have one bottle but it is deep in my wine cellar-so I can wait. Dave

    On another note how are you doing?

  • Cristal2000 commented:

    6/21/21, 7:08 AM - Hi Dave - seeing this a little late. Sorry to the tardiness. I think you can safely open it now with a few hours of air, but I am also pretty sure you have another 5 years or so of an excellent drinking window. Maybe longer.

    I am doing well, thanks.

  • vintage1949 commented:

    6/23/21, 4:03 AM - Thanks for the note Cristal. Much appreciated-will probably wait another year or so. Dave

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