Red

2016 Bevan Cellars EE Cuvée Tench Vineyard

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Oakville
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Community Tasting Notes 25

  • JustBreathe680 Likes this wine: 97 points

    September 3, 2021 - This bottle was purchased at the Total Wine & More in Palm Desert, CA on 9/3/21. It was pulled from behind a temp controlled area so I'm pretty confident it was stored properly. The bottle was consumed over 3 days on 9/3/21-9/5/21. Its extremely rare that I purchase a bottle of wine and consume it that day but this was an unexpected celebration that called for this bottle on a vacation where I did not travel with any wine.

    There was no decant but not necessarily a pop and pour. I poured approximately 5 ounces into the universal wine glass (not great but better than the hotel) I bought at Total Wine and let it sit for approximately 1.5 hours before consuming. I let the remaining wine sit in the bottle on the hotel room counter for and additional 90 minutes before putting the cork back in the bottle and into the refrigerator.

    Day 1 initial score was 96. The color was very dark purple/black. The nose was full of blue and black fruits on the initial pour but after approximately 90 minutes in the glass the nose started to lose a bit of the fruit and there was more of an earthy/wet rock presence. The taste was predominantly leaning towards blue fruits but there were some hints of dark cherries and black fruits as well. There was good acidity and the wine was beautifully balanced. It was not as big or bold as many of the other Bevan's, which I also enjoy. The wine was medium to full-bodied. It was elegant and well integrated. The tannins were silky smooth but gained a little bit of heft by the end of the glass. The ABV is believed to be 14.9% but some websites have reported it at 15.2%. Regardless to the exact ABV, there was minimal heat.

    Day 2 the bottle was removed from the refrigerator, uncorked and allowed to warm a bit. Drinking temp was probably in the mid to higher 50s. All the notes from above remain the same but every sensation was just a smidge better. In addition, there were hints of plum that I didn't pick up on on day 1. There was also more tannin presence on day 2 than day 1 but still fine grained and silky smooth. The final 3rd of the bottle was corked and returned to the refrigerator to be consumed on day 3.

    Day 3 there were no formal notes but everything was in harmony and drinking perfectly. The final glass was enjoyed with minimal thought put towards it but for pure pleasure.

    In sum, this is a beautiful Bordeaux blend.. My final score is a 96.5 over the 3 days. For a 2016, this bottle drank well young. I think this bottle can be enjoyed now with minimal preparation/decanting but will also have many years to shine at its peak.

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  • Shay.Aldriedge Likes this wine: 96 points

    July 27, 2021 - A local friend hasn’t had much Bevan, and wanted to try a bottle to go along with a 2017 Kinsman Eades Rhadamanthus and a 2014 Schrader CCS, so I opened this (along with a 2015 Arkenstone SB).

    My second time with this wine since our Bevan visit a few years ago, and is consistent with previous experiences. I pop and poured this, and then enjoyed from a decanter the next two hours. Whereas the normal Bevan Tench was feminine in style (loads of sexy fruit, which I know is a trademark of all Bevan wines), this has all of the big fruit but wrapped in smoked meat, herbal and savory notes, like pipe tobacco and graphite. Finish was draped in baked blueberries and blackberries cruising on for a good while. I was able to save the last third of the bottle under vaccuseal and revisited two days later and there wasn’t much change, just an even more silky profile. Consistently delicious wines.

    Also, the 2014 Schrader CCS was nice but had a fair bit of EA on the nose, so it’s hard to fairly rate. 2017 Kinsman Eades Rhadamanthus was double decanted the day before and while a towering wine, had a gorgeous mid palate with a cool blue fruit profile I love. Phenolically sexy, but no question needs a lot of time.

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  • RayT Likes this wine: 97 points

    July 26, 2021 - Second wine of the night following a 2012 Insignia. Two very different bottles but this was significantly better. I gave this a 5 hour decant and drank over another hour. This tasted of black cherry, plum, blueberry and cigar box. I love the perfume and violets the Cab Franc adds to the nose. Like most Bevan wines this was plush and fruit forward but the EE seems more balanced than his other wines to me and is my favorite of his wines(although I have yet to crack a Dr. Crane). This wine added heft with air and I agree with Cristal2000 that this will be even better in a year or two. Even though Bevan's wines are supposedly made to be drunk young I find a long decant seems to improve his wines quite a bit. 96+

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  • Cristal2000 Likes this wine: 97 points

    February 26, 2021 - Big fan of this wine. Shows the progression of Bevan's winemaking from over the top rich to better balanced and nuanced. Cherries, violets, plums, and tobacco on the nose. Really fresh, seamless and surprisingly nuanced, it's spicy and taut, with well integrated and fine grained tannin and lovely layering. I think I am getting this wine too early, because it is just starting to put on weight with more air, but in time I imagine it will be palate coating goodness. As it stands, it's incredibly well constructed, with lots of complexity and a great mix of fruit, earth and minerality. It's got a long finish and I think the best days are ahead.

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  • eschuldt wrote: 96 points

    February 18, 2021 - 2nd bottle of the night so limited notes but really great.

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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

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 43 (3%)
  • In Cellars 1,366 (82%)
  • Consumed 250 (15%)

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