2015 Addax Cabernet Sauvignon Tench Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Oakville
Drink between 2019 - 2035 (Edit)
CT94.5 6 reviews
Label borrowed from 2016
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Community Tasting Notes 5

  • msuwright wrote: 95 points

    May 28, 2019 - It’s a showdown in Oakville! Tench is the scene... 2015 is the vintage... Bevan vs. Bevan is the question. Drinking the Bevan Cellars Tench and the Addax Tench at the same time is like watching the same race car driver in the same vehicle driving a stick shift (yes, I speak to ye of the olde times!). The Addax pushes it to the fifth gear; the Bevan finds the sixth. Russell drives each wine in style, and the question becomes: how fast do you want to go?

    Both wines are aromatic, complex, delicious - and at the far end of the spectrum of modern wines done right (i.e., ripe and explosive, but structured and lively). Within this end of the spectrum, though, the differences are clear. The Bevan is more dark, viscous, and intense. The Addax is more floral, nimble, and bright (while still resembling the vinous equivalent of an aircraft carrier - i.e., it’s big). I preferred the Bevan for the sheer audacity and depth of it all, but it must be said that the Bevan is more heavy and expensive ($60 more on release).

    - Addax (95+). Dark red in color and full in body, this wine offers an incredible nose of blueberry, cocoa powder, graphite, and herbs. Tastes of black cherry, blueberry, bay leaf, and peppercorn, with a silky and sweet finish that has more lift than the Bevan. 14.7%. I liked this better than the bottle I had a few weeks ago, which is always a good sign. Drink in next 3-5 years, with the window really opening in 2020.

    - Bevan (96-97). Dark purple in color and (even more) full in body, the wine offers a more pungent nose of boysenberry, granite, mocha, and gravel. More extracted and concentrated tastes of blueberry pie, milk chocolate, and baking spices, with a silky and more creamy finish than the Addax. 15.4% alcohol. Drink in next 3-7 years, with the window really opening in 2021.

    The Bevan is driving as fast as you can in your parent’s car, blasting Pearl Jam (or whatever your age appropriate rebellious and loud and passionate music might be), without a care in the world except taking a last chance power drive. The Addax is trying to capture that feeling while recognizing that life is fragile, that speed limits exist for a reason, that surviving until tomorrow has a value, whatever the reckless joy that the moment might offer.

    Both wines are ridiculous (like this note!), but I vote with the crazy ones. Try each, and see for yourself.

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  • Jar01015 wrote: 94 points

    May 8, 2019 - This bottle requires a long decant. Our first glass was after 3 hours, however, the majority was drank after 5 hours. I would say that it hit its stride with 6. Great structure with mainly blue fruits on the nose and palate. Some spice notes and hints of smoke. The tannins definitely had a bite to them but in a good way and very good balance throughout our drinking experience. Really this is a wine that needs more time but definitely upside here. I will buy more but hold for another 2-3 years.

  • JJB007 Likes this wine: 94 points

    December 28, 2018 - a long decant is needed

  • Millennial Drinkers wrote: 96 points

    May 27, 2018 - Second stop on day three and finally made it to Napa. We tasted through some wines from Standard Deviation Wines and Addax Wines with Josh and Cheryl at Brasswood. Last wine up for Addax Wines is their current release Cabernet Sauvignon from the Tench Vineyard in Oakville. Made by Russell Bevan.

    Inky violet purplish red in appearance. Smells like a bakers kitchen with rich caramel, brown sugar and cinnamon followed up by black and blue fruits as well as toasted almonds. Silky smooth tannins but powerful (7.5/10) and full bodied. Almost feels like satin on the palate with blackberries, black juicy plums, dark spices, blueberries, perfume and a bit of dark gravel. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2036.

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  • blarmston Likes this wine: 95 points

    January 10, 2018 - Time and Place- is what I kept thinking as I went through this offering from Russell Bevan- the first vintage released from the Tench Vineyard in Eastern Oakville, situated right next to Screaming Eagle.

    Time- its going to be a spectacular wine, but it needs at least two years for more integration. Somewhat muted nose at first but began to open up with time in the Zalto decanter. This is an opulent, big wine, with grippy tannins. A bit of heat but it began to blow off as the night wore on. The quality of the fruit and expertise is evident.

    Place- I made another mistake of drinking this without food. But this wine SCREAMS to be had with a tasty skirt steak or NY strip. My next bottle will be enjoyed at Cowboy Star, a local SD steakhouse that does it right.

    95 with upside. This is gonna be a Killer Wine...

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2015
  • Type Red
  • Producer Addax
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Tench Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Oakville
  • UPC Code 090075239511

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  • In Cellars 106 (89%)
  • Consumed 13 (11%)

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