“Big Napa Cabernet/Cabernet Blends” have finally arrived!
The 2015 vintage was outrageously good in the quality department but o-so-small in the quantity department. 2016 is anticipated to be (almost) back to normal quantities!
Here is the scoop:
Because of the extremely limited availability, we are offering the Bevan “Big Reds” in mixed 4 or 6 bottle cases.
|A. Bevan A – mixed ½ case ~ 1 EE, 2 Sugarloaf and 3 Ontogeny
B. Bevan B – mixed ½ case ~ 2 EE, 1 Sugarloaf and 3 Ontogeny
C. Bevan C – mixed 4 pack ~ 1 EE, 1 Sugarloaf and 2 Ontogeny
PLEASE EMAIL YOUR ORDER DIRECTLY TO FRANK@GGWC.COM, THANK YOU
(Ontogeny, Chardonnay and Pinot Noirs can also be ordered separately in any quantity.)
Below are the tasting notes of the wines:
Robert Parker 98-100: “As for the 2015 Proprietary Red EE, this is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Cabernet Franc. The wine looks like a candidate for perfection, with a black/purple color, striking nose of spring flowers intermixed with forest floor, blackberry and cassis. The wine is opulent with a voluptuous texture, loads of sucrosity from this vintage’s small yields and a killer finish of more than a minute. It should drink well for 20-25 years.”
Russell Bevan notes: “The new vintage of EE from the Tench Vineyard is the most powerful we have created. It shows more Cabernet Sauvignon characteristics than previous vintages. Cabernet Franc in the blend is incredibly fruit driven and pumps out aromatics like never before.”
Robert Parker 96-100 Points: “The 2015 Sugarloaf Mountain Proprietary Red that began as an equal-part blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot seems to be an equal follow-up to the perfect 2014. Incredible aromatics of spring flowers and blue and black fruits are followed by a long, deep, skyscraper-like wine with explosive fruit intensity, loads of glycerin and a wonderfully, fleshy, succulent mouthfeel, which is certainly a characteristic of the top 2015s. This should drink nicely for 15-20 years.”
Russell Bevan Notes: “Sugarloaf Mountain Proprietary Red Wine can be described in one word, consistent. Vintage to vintage the wines are so similar. Looking back on my last years notes, the descriptions have not changed much; Cocoa, Espresso, flowers and blackberry. Super round and complex, opulent with an incredible finish.”
Russell Bevan Notes: “Ontogeny! In 2015, the Ontogeny blend has more Tench Cabernet as its major component than ever before. This ratcheted up the red fruit profile and the aromatics. Like all of the Tench wines, this is fruit driven, but the Cabernet Franc and Merlot deliver hints of Cigar and Dark Chocolate. Powerful, but Graceful”
Robert Parker 96 Points (2014): “There are 700 cases of the Ontogeny Proprietary Red, a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Petit Verdot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Totally dry, even though there is a wonderful sucrosity to the fruit. The wine has stunning blackberry and cassis notes, spring flowers, supple tannins and a long, multidimensional mouthfeel. It is a sexy beast for sure and best drunk over the next 15 or so years.”
Bevan 2015 Rita’s Crown Pinot Noir 96 Points
Robert Parker 96 Points: “Across the board, production is smaller in 2015 and I saw many of the same wines that I tasted from bottle in 2014, plus a few newer items. The only Pinot Noir offered was the 2015 Pinot Noir Santa Rita, which looks to be sensational, with exotic notes of blood oranges intermixed with black cherry, Asian spice and blacker fruits in a full-bodied, lush texture with loads of sweet tannin and plenty of glycerin. This will be a sexy beast when released in a year or so.”
Russell Bevan Notes: “This years Rita’s Crown Pinot Noir is almost as dark as our Syrah’s have been. It has ample acidity, but the power and richness are just so darn dominant here. Pomegranate, Raspberry and Santa Rosa Plum lead the charge, but tea and spice quickly make themselves known. The day after bottling I gave my Doctor, who is a huge Cabernet drinker, a bottle of this wine and a week later his wife called asking if she could get a case for his birthday. She said it was “the best wine they had ever had”. This wine will have that effect on people. It wants to age for another six months or so, but if you have to try it right off the bat, decant it for an hour and watch her go. She puts on a show.
Russell Bevan Notes: “The Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay is, as always, incredibly seductive and opulent. The fruit profile ranges from tropical notes to stone fruit. This is a Cabernet Sauvignon drinker’s Chardonnay. If you tasted the wine in a black glass, it would be hard to identify as red or white because it is so concentrated and powerful.
The 2015 is any bit as good as the 2014, just a smaller production, so hurry and order now!
Robert Parker (2014) 95 Points: “His 2014 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard is 100% from this famous vineyard source for Chardonnay, planted with the old Wente clone. There are 250 cases of this wine, which is aged in three-fourths François Frères cooperage and the remainder in Remond. Light golden with a greenish hue, the wine reveals honeyed apricot, white peach, wet pebbles and floral notes. It is rich, full-bodied, loaded with minerality and extremely pure, with the oak well-concealed. This should drink well for 4-5 years, if not longer.”
Russell Bevan Notes: “The 2015 Petaluma Gap, referred to in house as the sex kitten, is true to her moniker. The wine is darker than any Sonoma County Pinot Noir we have made so far. Deep Cherry, Plum and Blackberry flavors pulse through this wine. Super rich and layered, with a high decadent quality, this is a wine that you will want to share with friends.”
Robert Parker (2014) 96 Points: “I tasted four Pinot Noirs from 2014, all of them stunning. My favorite is the 2014 Pinot Noir Petaluma Gap, which is made from Dijon clones 777, 115 and 828 and aged in a combination of François Freres and Gamba oak. He doesn’t filter, so what he has in the barrels ends up in the bottle. The wine has an incredible fragrance of spring flowers, black raspberries, kirsch and licorice, with forest floor. This is a full-bodied, dense, wonderfully textured Pinot Noir with beautiful purity and a long finish – a sumptuous Côtes de Nuit grand cru look-alike. Drink it over the next decade or more.”
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