Red

2012 Bevan Cellars Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 29

  • Etonian Likes this wine: 97 points

    February 16, 2020 - Did a pop and pour and slo Ox for a couple of hours. Not a bad showing initially. Crushed Crayola crayons on the nose. Palate with ripe cherry. Fairly primary still. Alcohol a little noticeable on the finish along with some astringency. Was going to throw it into a decanter but got lazy and impatient. Whipped out the aerator and poured it through. An amazing transformation for sure. Ripe cherry with some tartness in the midpalate for balance along with a menthol note. Tannins are smooth, round. Not heavy at all. Seamless from entry through to an endless finish. I hesitate to bring out the aerator most of the time but will have to give it a go more often.

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  • Lord of the Bottles Likes this wine: 93 points

    October 20, 2019 - California Wine Duel: Dana vs Dalla Valla vs Bevan; 10/20/2019-10/27/2019 (My home): Second and last bottle. Purple with ruby edge. Bramble fruit and bush nose. Palate evolved from deep blue fruit to mint and sage and a medium finish of sage and cashew. Seemed to close towards the last glass with rough tannins and a bit too much of a herby finish. Drank well just seems young plus you can feel the 15% alcohol.

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  • Lord of the Bottles Likes this wine: 95 points

    October 12, 2019 - Decanted for an hour. Initial nose was very expressive with floral notes and bramble fruit - reminded me of the ‘01 Cheval Blanc but even more expressive. Palate of very rich blue and red fruit with hints of chocolate. Interesting balance where the fruit and alcohol build up to the verge of becoming over the top but then calms at the right moment. Very primary. However, at times the finish was shorter than expected and towards the end some sulphur notes emerged. Perhaps some bottle variation.

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  • csimm1161 wrote: 97 points

    May 21, 2019 - So smooth and silky at this stage of the game. Give this a go if you have a few bottles. It’ll last for a number of years for sure, but there’s really no need to delay gratification. It was a little hot on the initial pour, but that quickly dissipated with some open air. Mid-palate here is medium, but perfectly balanced. Finishes with a lingering subtlety that adds sophistication and class. This is a testament to what Bevan’s wines can morph into with a little time in bottle. As most folks know, impatience in opening his younger wines leads to an experience of monstrously flavorful and “sex kitten” (to coin Russell’s terminology) types of wines. However, with this now 7 years from vintage, it is finding maturity and has stopped eating mom’s meatloaf on the couch. The 2012 Sugarloaf has settled nicely into its wife and two-and-a-half kids suburbanite lifestyle, but whose pricey man-cave is still alive an well. A nice mullet combo of business in the front and party in the rear. Drink now and over the next 3-5 years.

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  • msuwright wrote: 96 points

    December 25, 2018 - This rich and plush blend of equal parts Cabernet Franc and Merlot is drinking beautifully right now. The lightness of mouthfeel, in particular, is incredible for a wine of this size. Although I enjoyed the 2013 a bit more, this is a fantastic wine that overflows with flavor and intensity.

    Dark red in color and medium in body, the wine offers aromas of blueberry, wet strawberry, menthol, and pencil lead. Tastes of blackberry, raspberry, cocoa powder, and leather, with a lifted and light finish that has a bite of acidity. 14.8% alcohol. Decant at least an hour, if not more. Even though many 2012s are signing right now, my guess is this could use another year or so.

    I tasted this at the same time as a 2012 Bond Pluribus (Spring Mountain), which I preferred - slightly - for two reasons. First, the Bevan seemed a bit more high-toned in its flavor profile (i.e., more red than blue fruit), and the Bond seemed less tart and more settled (even though it's the Bond that comes from mountain fruit). Second, the Bond had a little additional depth of fruit and tannin, while the Bevan seemed a little (but just a little!) more straightforward. Of course, the Bevan is a blend while the Bond is pure Cabernet, which might account for its greater depth. 95-96.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2012
  • Type Red
  • Producer Bevan Cellars
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley
  • UPC Codes 451381077509, 699176703312

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  • Pending Delivery 15 (1%)
  • In Cellars 1,216 (73%)
  • Consumed 426 (26%)

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