Red

2016 Bevan Cellars EE Cuvée Tench Vineyard

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Oakville
Drink between 2020 - 2040 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 20

  • TXRDW wrote: 95 points

    September 13, 2020 - Very interesting and complex wine. Slow ox for 4 hours then put back in fridge to lower the temperature as I found the wine better slightly chilled, at just below 60 degrees. The wine started tart and acidic, with primary notes of eucalyptus, mint, blackberry, menthol, with a slight metallic taste. I definitely noticed the Cabernet Franc, as it brought out very distinctive notes of spice, dried fruit and, after struggling to place a familiar taste, a touch of jalapeño as the finish lingered for quite some time. Still a bit hot, the wine needs to integrate a bit more, but definitely starting to come together.

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  • WineBurrowingWombat Likes this wine: 94 points

    July 10, 2020 - Nose: [55°] A wave of sweet, ripe red fruit and florals with fruity oak. [63°] With time, the fruit settles drastically, deep earth begins to show with grass, shiny river minerals and bitter damp oak.

    Palate: [56° - 63°] Showing a lot of heat, bitter oak and minerals, even bitter red fruits.. very unsettled, as if it didn't know how to pull itself together.

    Okay, with about 3.5 hours of time, it's waking up and coming back to what it was before. Dark rich earth, a lacing of deep bitter minerals and graphite, some steeped tea and just a dollop of dark fruit to give things a softer touch of fruit.

    Attributes: Really dark ruby. Dry with medium-plus amounts of firm, grippy tannin. Medium body with medium-minus acidity. Good finish of at least 20-22 seconds.

    Thoughts: The heat was really off-putting for the first few hours and presented itself as real booze-y. Only once or twice did this come through and resemble something I've had before. After plenty of air time (~3.5 hours), this finally came through. Wish my last bottle was a bit more of a better experience but I guess stuff like this happens. If it doesn't show well from the bottle, give it the air it needs and be patient with it. Maybe this bottle is just going into a phase or I must've awakened a slumbering beast.. or maybe just this bottle was a little off. Something about the flavors really made me question how the flavors will turn out in the future. I'm not sure how this will do in like 5+ years.. maybe something good in the near future but something for the ~10 year mark?.. I'm not so sure anymore. There's this watered down/pond water aspect to it. But again, this could've just been this bottle.

    Other notes: Bordeaux glass. Slow-ox'ed in bottle for the duration of consumption over 5.5 hours (allow air time as needed).

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  • Dagalaifus Likes this wine: 97 points

    April 2, 2020 - This blend of of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot, is dark garnet almost inky in the glass. On the nose, blackberries, currants (muted) oak and forest floor. While full-bodied, it has an elegant lightness to it, which is difficult to capture in tasting notes. The finish is long and smooth; accordingly, I wouldn't wait more than a few years for the wine to improve. Stunning.

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  • WineBurrowingWombat Likes this wine: 96 points

    March 29, 2020 - Nose: From the pour shows lots of almost sweet red fruits and a field of fresh grass. There's a little bit of a cola nose. Then comes some wood elements like stems, branches and bare oak, some river pebbles, a little bit of tobacco and some dried crushed herbs. With time though, everything seems to fall back into deep earth.

    Palate: Rich, deep and dark earthy core enveloped by black and dark purple fruits with bitter tannin like heavily steeped black tea. There's some spiced oak and slightly savory minerals that linger onto the finish.

    Attributes: Really dark ruby with some purpling. Dry with medium to medium-plus amounts of chewy yet slightly smooth tannin. Medium to medium-plus body with medium to medium-minus acidity. Good finish of about 20-23 seconds.

    Thoughts: The main player here is the deep and rich earth (emphasis on rich) with the minerality and fruit complimenting it so well. Even with the few times I've had this already, the first few sips could not bring me back to recognize this at all. With time however, she was there.

    Other notes: No decant, time in glass only but do try to give it some air time. Bordeaux glass. Served initially ~58° then ~67° and consumed over 2 hours. Again, something to note: this started showing its goods ~64°.. that's when it reminded me of those magical few times I've had this.

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  • alexisonsmith Likes this wine: 98 points

    February 24, 2020 - 2017 and 2016 are so different in terms of vintages and the style of 2016 really stood out. The lush blackberry, dark red cherries, fresh herbs and gently crushed graphite led to a palate which was full bodied and powerful yet with fantastically smooth and refined tannins along with waves of luxurious and rich dark fruit which took front and centre stage, with an underlining of light potting soil and spice to round off. The finish is extremely elegant, long and it is difficult to not smile when drinking this wine. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Merlot. The terms Iron fist in a velvet glove is a perfect description of this wine. Drinking wonderfully now, yet probably will improve over the next 10+ years.

    1 person found this helpful Comments (5)
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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2016
  • Type Red
  • Producer Bevan Cellars
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation EE Cuvée
  • Vineyard Tench Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Oakville
  • UPC Code 451968767502

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  • Pending Delivery 52 (4%)
  • In Cellars 1,230 (86%)
  • Consumed 154 (11%)

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