Bevan Cellars

Bevan Cellars may be one of the biggest names in Napa. In its 17+ year history Bevan has racked up multiple 100-point scores and garnered a cult like following for the wines, as indeed has the winemaker, the inimitable Russell Bevan. His wines are now more highly sought after than ever before, loved for their balance of hedonistic intensity and sheer refinement, and adored by the ciritics.

  • Region: Napa Valley
  • Winery Location: Oakville
  • Owner: Russell Bevan and Victoria DeCrescenzo
  • First Vintage: 2005
  • Winemaker: Russell Bevan

Story

Russell, and Victoria met in Des Moines in 1995 where they both worked in the dental industry, and soon realised that they shared a love for great wine. They soon moved together to Minneapolis, where Russell wrote a regular wine column for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Together, they connected with fellow wine enthusiast and began organising regular trips to Napa and Sonoma.

They eventually moved to California in 2001 and sought the advice of local legends such as winemaker Philip Togni. In 2004 they found a small property in Bennet Valley north of Sonoma which was perfect to plant a small vineyard.

In 2005, Russell and Victoria made their first Napa Cabernet Sauvignon as Bevan Cellars and Robert Parker immediate took notice when he tried it in 2008: “Impressive wines are being fashioned by up and coming winemaker/producer Russell Bevan.” Never a truer word was uttered…

Vineyards

Bevan produces two distinct collections of wine. The Napa Valley collection includes our small-lot, single-vineyard Bordeaux-inspired wines. Many years of exploration have led them to some of Napa Valley’s most sought-after vineyards including the Sugarloaf Mountain in the cool-climate southern reaches of Napa, Tench in the famed eastern Oakville region (sharing a fence-line with Scremaing Eagle), Wildfoote Vineyard in Stags Leap District, and Sage Ridge high up in the Vaca Mountains.

The Sonoma collection is focused on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah, sourced from vineyards in Sonoma Coast, Bennett Valley, Petaluma Gap and Russian River Valley.

Winemaking

Russell’s goal is to produce unmistakable, distinctive wines that truly reflect both Napa’s special terroir, and his own unique style. No compromise is made is pursuit of structure, acidity and fruit to produce wines of intensity and balance. All the wines are aged in new French barrels, including Darnajou and Taransaud for Cabernet Sauvignon. Russell and his team evaluates each barrel of wine biweekly, allowing the wines to dictate how they are treated in terms of racking, barrel stirring and bottling.

Latest arrivals from Bevan Cellars

2018 Bevan Cellars, Tench Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville 1x75cl

JD99
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage production: 1,005 cases The Tench Vineyard surrounds the winery in eastern Oakville at a sweet spot where the valley floor and foothills of the Vaca Mountains... collide to form some of the most complex, prized soils in Napa. Sharing a fence line with Screaming Eagle, and counting the like of Dalla Valle Vineyards and BOND’s St. Eden Vineyard as neighbours, Tench has produced an unstoppable string of high scoring wines at the hands of Russell. The Tench Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon comes from two incredible rocky parcels that consistently develop incredible, intense flavours.
£185 / BottleDuty Status: Duty PaidAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days

2021 Bevan Cellars, Ontogeny Red Wine, Napa Valley 12x75cl

JD98
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot. Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec Vintage production: 2,036 cases The key to this magical and dynamic blend is the vineyard sources: in addition to Sugarloaf... Mountain, Sage Ridge, and Wildfoote, the core of the fruit comes from blocks 5 and 7 in the Tench Vineyard which literally run alongside the fenceline of neighbouring Screaming Eagle - that's some serious terroir. Russell makes his selection in the cellar, picking single-vineyard barrels that are crying out to be blended together for an earlier drinking, hedonistic, and utterly delicious wine. The Ontogeny is a true cellar-barrel selection, and is always the last of the cuvées to be blended making each new release highly-anticipated! Four Corners Wine: "The Ontogeny 2021 leads with beautiful aromatics, so lifted with tonnes of rich crunchy fruit, cassis, a floral streak, an almost gamey-ferrous frame with amazing depth. It's an 'oh yeah!' palate, rich and flamboyant, lots of dark chocolate notes and a super-concentrated core of fruit, all wrapped in soft tannins and great acidity. Delicious on all fronts!" (Sep. 2023)
£1,030 / Case£85.83 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £1,281.79 / Case, £106.82 / BottleAvailability: Future ArrivalPlease contact us to know more

2022 Bevan Cellars, Dry Stack Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County 12x75cl

VM93WI91
Blend: 100% Sauvignon Blanc Vintage production: n/a The Dry Stack Vineyard rests 170 metres above sea level on the eastern slope of Mt. Taylor in Bennett Valley, towards the more elevated eastern... reaches of Sonoma County. The soils are marine clay and loam with gravel throughout which brings minerality, while the cool climate provides lift and vibrancy. Russell uses a touch of French Oak to add texture and depth, making sure that the wine is all about rich aromas and pure, intense fruit. This is a Summer-showstopper and simply has to be experienced. Russel Bevan: "Gold...pure gold in a glass. This years Dry Stack stands apart from previous vintages in it's sophistication. It highlights the aromatic characteristics and mouth-watering flavors, while staying true to our rich, expressive, bold style of winemaking. Notes of bosc pears, melon and fresh Meyer lemon balance the dazzling acidity. Minimal french oak influence on the wine offers a hint of fresh cedar and shortbread on the finish. This wine screams for grilled figs with goat cheese, drizzled in orange blossom honey."
£425 / Case£35.42 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £555.50 / Case, £46.29 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days

2022 Bevan Cellars, Dry Stack Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County 1x75cl

VM93WI91
Blend: 100% Sauvignon Blanc Vintage production: n/a The Dry Stack Vineyard rests 170 metres above sea level on the eastern slope of Mt. Taylor in Bennett Valley, towards the more elevated eastern... reaches of Sonoma County. The soils are marine clay and loam with gravel throughout which brings minerality, while the cool climate provides lift and vibrancy. Russell uses a touch of French Oak to add texture and depth, making sure that the wine is all about rich aromas and pure, intense fruit. This is a Summer-showstopper and simply has to be experienced. Russel Bevan: "Gold...pure gold in a glass. This years Dry Stack stands apart from previous vintages in it's sophistication. It highlights the aromatic characteristics and mouth-watering flavors, while staying true to our rich, expressive, bold style of winemaking. Notes of bosc pears, melon and fresh Meyer lemon balance the dazzling acidity. Minimal french oak influence on the wine offers a hint of fresh cedar and shortbread on the finish. This wine screams for grilled figs with goat cheese, drizzled in orange blossom honey."
£37 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £48.19 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days