Red

2016 Bevan Cellars Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 11

  • msuwright wrote: 96 points

    September 13, 2020 - Russell Bevan strikes me as some form of Icarus of modern winemaking: his ambitious wines fly so close to the sun (e.g., ripeness, extraction, overall bigness) that they risk falling to the ground (e.g., overblown, unbalanced, somewhat gelatinous). Sometimes he falls; sometimes he succeeds... and the latter, emphatically, is the result here.

    To be clear: this wine soars, with incredible intensity of fruit, flavor, aromatics, and all-around awesomeness. Unlike some modern concoctions, this checks the flight path before taking off - there is structure, acidity, and even a little earthiness. But... let's be real: this is a wine for lovers of modern Napa (discerning and otherwise), and this wine delivers.

    Dark purple in color and full (full!) in body, the wine offers intense (read: knock-you-over, never-want-to-end) aromas of blueberry, graphite, peppercorn, cardamon, and menthol. The flavors lean more fruity, with notes of black cherry, boysenberry, bay leaf, and cinnamon, followed by a lively and tannic finish that lingers oh so sweetly. Blend of 55% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot. 14.7% alcohol. Decant at least an hour, if not two. Even more integrated (and awesome) on second day.

    The wise person would wait to open this bottle for another few years, but the wise person might not buy a Bevan wine in the first place. I still think the Ontogeny is the most sensible purchase in the portfolio, but this particular bottle operates at another level - so rich, so delicious. 96+ for now, with upside in 2022 or later.

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  • Cristal2000 Likes this wine: 97 points

    September 9, 2020 - Must agree with EPOCHMD here - this wine is really good. I have a love/hate relationship with Bevan wines. For a long time, they were always hit and miss, with a lot of bottle variation owed to some really poor quality control and unsanitary conditions at the winery. You could open the same wine in succession, and one might be amazing and the other nothing special. Recent vintages seem to show they have corrected this problem, and the wine seems consistently good. The only issue for them is instead of a cult level small producer, they are making so much wine from so many sources that it's become cheaper on the aftermarket in many cases and not hard to get any longer. Oh well - at least the juice is good!

    TN: The franc shows through with expressive and expressive floral nose, giving way to licorice, forest floor and black cherries. Very dark fruit, this shows a super level of refinement with ripe integrated tannins, a silky texture and no hard edges. It's full bodied, concentrated for days and yet doesn't come off as heavy in the least. Excellent purity, not overdone and has a long life left ahead of it. Long, very powerful finish.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • EpochMD Likes this wine: 97 points

    September 4, 2020 - This is stupid good. Smells and tastes like underbrush and dark fruit, unmistakable terroir of mountain - the palate is similar with tons of tannin and structure, but not abrasive. It’s really an impressive wine and one I would happily drink daily. 97-98

  • jeffmudd wrote: 95 points

    August 16, 2020 - Meant to grab a ‘13, but even still after about a 3hr decant it was your typical Russell it you in the mouth big fruit bomb.... and why else are you drinking a Bevan.
    Give it another 2-3yrs and the baby fat will mellow out.

  • LiteItOnFire Likes this wine: 94 points

    July 30, 2020 - 2012 Staglin, 2009 Insignia, 2016 BC- splash decant all three. Staglin is in a wonderfully balanced window of dark red fruit enjoyment and the BC peppery black currant with cloves like notes pushes the palate to gulp all while the Insigna languishes pretty far behind (again).

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2016
  • 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 Code 451381077509

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 22 (2%)
  • In Cellars 1,068 (90%)
  • Consumed 98 (8%)

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