Red

2016 Bevan Cellars EE Cuvée Tench Vineyard

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Oakville
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Community Tasting Notes 13

  • WineBurrowingWombat Likes this wine: 95 points

    June 28, 2019 - Nose: Dark red and blue fruits that eventually seem to become purple, deep rich earth, firm spice and oak but not in a bad way. After some time in the glass, some milk chocolate or vanilla notes come through.

    Palate: Same rich and dense deep earth, same firm spice and strong oak, a lacing of minerality throughout like what I imagine to be slate (like almost savory, slightly bitter wet rock). A subtle graphite/lead pencil.

    Really dark Ruby. Dry with medium to medium-plus amounts of strong, grippy tannins. Medium body with light-plus to medium acidity. Great finish of about 15+ seconds. Rich and dense with strong flavors. I want to say Bordeaux like but with a stronger fruit it seems (fruit is well integrated with the strong earth, oak and minerality). Bear with me but I guess this wine in a sense is like a modern, New World Bordeaux. So good but there's obvious bias to this wine. It works for my palate really well.. I enjoy this rich density to it and intense flavors. Everything seems to be so well integrated. I suggest maybe decanting for at least an hour might help it.. I want to say it had a slight heat to it but I feel that it's still pretty young so that was expected. Can definitely can lay away for at least a few more years before it may really show (estimating at least 3-4 years, obviously even more of about 8+ years but I enjoy the fruit very much and rather enjoy that before it goes away if it were to sleep longer).

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  • WineBurrowingWombat Likes this wine: 95 points

    May 17, 2019 - Nose: Brooding, dark fruit (purple and black), damp earth and some moss, lovely oak and tempered spice. With some time, some bitter chocolate powder emerges.

    Palate: Matches the nose completely with the addition of a slightly chalky texture and the spice is slightly turned on more on the palate. A little bit of minerality and the slightest touch of graphite.

    Medium Ruby but more on the darker side with slight purpling. Dry with medium amounts of chewy, grainy tannins. Medium-plus body with medium acidity. Great finish of about 14+ seconds. The nose is well.. enveloped? It's all bundled in such a pleasant way. Palate is well integrated as well with slightly more emphasis on earth, oak and spice than the fruit and by no means do I mean that in a bad way. Rich and dense. Can go to sleep for at least a decade but still enjoyable now for its bold and intense flavors. I wish the fruit was more pronounced than the non-fruit notes but you can't always get what you want. If I were to get more of this to lay down, I would drink again in about 5-8 years for it to really start to show it's true potential.

    **So that mention earlier about how I wish the fruit was a little bit more pronounced? I take that back, after time in the glass, oh it's there.. for some reason, the thought about letting it sit in the glass or decanting the wine didn't come to mind. It was still very enjoyable at the present time but with some decanting, it should really show. Please excuse my lack of.. patience.

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  • TXRDW wrote: 94 points

    May 3, 2019 - First Bevan red, ever. Very young, hot and closed at first. Slow ox for 3 hours and the wine finally started to show hints of complexity. Layers of dark fruit, spice and a hint of sweet vanilla. Still young, reminiscent of a talented athlete still on the JV but with 3 years left to make the varsity. Loads of potential, time will tell...

  • buckeye76 Likes this wine: 98 points

    March 22, 2019 - Tasted with Bevan at Brasswood. We had many great wines at Bevan and none that were not outstanding. The EE Cuvee was again my favorite just as it was WOTN at a holiday party we attended in December. Very similar notes as that bottle. This is a delicious wine which might warrant a higher score as it ages.

  • Cailles wrote: 95 points

    February 23, 2019 - Matter of Taste (Zurich): Short TN: Quite a contrast to the Continuum 2013 we tasted before: this one is elegant and soft with a sense of weightlessness vs the Continuum which was quite heavy. Lots of cassis, blackberries, some red berries as well, hints of wet forest floor and herbal scents. Drinks well today (a 2 hours decant is at least necessary) but will certainly gain a lot of nuances with some more age. Bevan wines continue to convince me. 95+

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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 67 (6%)
  • In Cellars 938 (86%)
  • Consumed 86 (8%)

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