BEVAN CELLARS, TENCH VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON, OAKVILLE
NAPA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA 2018
Certain words just jump out at you when you read wine reviews — intense, powerful, expressive, etc. One we don't often come across is "perfection," so we were gobsmacked when Jeb Dunnuck hailed the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon from Bevan Cellars Tench Vineyard as "just about pure perfection” and awarded 99 points.
We knew we had to act fast, and our recent tastings have only borne out our swift action.
Aged for 19 months in French oak barrels, 100% new, it displays all the hallmarks of what many have deemed a great vintage, among them intensity and fine-grained tannins. But it also is remarkable, as Dunnuck wrote, for its “full-bodied richness” and "purity of fruit and freshness."
The winemaker is the justly celebrated Russell Bevan, whom Robert Parker has anointed as “one of the world’s great craftsmen of wine.” Bevan has been at Tench since the beginning, and commands a picture-perfect property of 61 acres sitting just west of the famed Silverado Trail in Oakville. For this bottling, he focused on the front blocks of the vineyard, bordering the trail, to create the optimal mix of intensity and balance.
As with all Bevan wines, it demands our full and patient attention, unfolding as it does in layer after layer, with notes of dark fruit, licorice, chocolate and leather announcing themselves and then fading away, the whole thing building, like an orchestral piece, to a lively and sustained finish.
We've savored many a fine wine from Bevan and his vineyard over the years, and surely this one has to be counted among the great Napa Cabs on the market right now.
This will be a great credit to your cellar, a memorable marker for many special occasions to come —so act now!
*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Spring 2022. With the supply chain issues that we are seeing globally, there may be some unforeseen delays which could affect the ETA. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in AZ, CO, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MI, MN, MO, NY, TN, WI, and limited stores in FL and TX. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.