January 10, 2020 - Decanted 1 hour initially. Great nose, body is medium/full. The wine has angular texture with medium acidity and a relatively short finish.
Slow-ox another 2 hours, slightly better - less of an BBQ angular taste. Recorked overnight - next day was 1-2 points better with more softness up front and a longer finish. If I had another I would decant this 4-8 hours right now or wait another 2-3 years.
September 29, 2017 - One of the better 2011 Napa Cabs you will find, cherry, massive cassis, cinnamon, some greeness so I'm thinking there may have been some green berries thrown in with the terrible vintage. Great extraction and balance, really nice wine.
May 16, 2017 - 3 hour decant and then to restaurant. Big bright purple wine with primarily dark fruits and blackberry on the nose. More balanced than I expected for Bevan but maybe that's the vintage. I didn't get the green or odd angles...big ripe yummy cab and maybe b/c of 2011 the octane was more in my comfort zone. I can't defend the prices and probably done for that reason, but tasty for sure
April 18, 2017 - Six months ago I called this wine "thin" and my wife and I left the bottle unfinished. Tonight it is spectacular and I am sure we will squeeze the bottle to wring out the last drop. No decant and over 2.5 hours the wine has been changing from one minute to the next. Rich and medium full bodied, with vibrant fruit, cedar, smoke, a little chocolate and a little green pepper. Good length on the finish, with tannins that built through the first hour and then began to subside. A real treat, especially to experience almost a kaleidoscope effect of changing tastes.
December 25, 2016 - Popped 'n Poured. Some bitter edges. Nice wine for half the price, but not at this price. I prefer my O'Shaughnessy, Shafer and Ridge wines more.
December 17, 2016 - Beautiful wine. Decanted over three hours but as a pop, decant and pour, then this wine was immediately accessible (immediate being about 30 minutes) but obviously the wine evolved throughout the evening.
Big juicy fruit but not all Napa cab fruit. The cab franc shows in the late palate. There are layers and layers of flavors: cigar and chocolate show themselves earlier, then some vanilla, crushed rock and pencil lead. Minerality lingers longer in the finish as the wine breathes. I only have two more bottles of this wine, and I don't see how they are going to last to 2026.
BTW - CT, this is not a 92 pt wine.
November 27, 2016 - Pretty rare for my wife and I to open a bottle on Saturday night and not finish it but there it is. On the thin side and not very much going on.
April 21, 2016 - Improving since my last bottle. Perhaps this will develop a bit more depth and intensity with time? We shall see.
February 12, 2016 - PnP with initial notes of dark black raspberry, black cherry liqueur, amarena fabbri wild cherry, and strawberry cream, undercut by additional brush and evergreen flavors rounding out the back end. A bit thin on the mid-palate, but gliding nicely through the finish. Tannins were in complete check, but lacking some acidity along with a full depth of flavor.
Decanted for a total of two hours; though this helped some, it didn't awaken it much further as I was hoping. It is an almost delicate, overly feminine expression of the EE (which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but just not my preferred style - especially in this price-point). Not sure what wine RP had where he gave this a 98?!
This wine was "fine" by itself, but as soon as it was paired with food, it became a bit lost. I also had a bottle of 2012 Saunter Eagle Summit Cabernet open and tried it side-by-side with the EE (which just added insult to injury). The EE all but disappeared from the spotlight and was unable to resurrect itself in any way.
I think 91-92 points is fair (maybe 93 tops on its best day without anything else to distract from its fragile flavor profile), as it is a "good" wine and a fairly moderate success given the vintage. However, my advice is to sip this by itself over the course of the next few years (while the fruit flavors are still fairly energetic). No decant and not with food.
I have to agree with SMHALPS, this was ultimately a disappointment given the pedigree of the winemaker and the QPR.
February 11, 2016 - Dinner with 6 wine friends, where we drank (in order): 2010 Lail Vineyards J. Daniel Cuvée , 2012 Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon Monsieur Ètain (M. Etain), 2012 Realm Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard, and the 2011 Bevan Cellars EE Cuvée. All the wines were opened at the restaurant, with the first one being open for about 15 minutes before pouring. We all had two glasses at a time, and the next wine was always poured into the glass were it could breathe and open a bit more than just staying in the open bottle.
One of the wines had to come in last, and this was it. Comments of Green Pepper and "expensive for what it is" abounded from our group. At $50 a bottle, we would have been much happier, or if we had drank it alone, instead of with some other big Cabs, I think it would have shown better. The large amount (35%) of Cabernet Franc was evident. The taste lacked complexity and the finish was a touch short.