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

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2021 Bevan Cellars, Ontogeny Red Wine, Napa Valley 6x75cl

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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!
£510 / Case£85 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £634.90 / Case, £105.82 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days

2021 Bevan Cellars, Chardonnay, Bennett Valley 12x75cl

Blend: 100% Chardonnay Vintage production: 148 cases 2021 marks the debut vintage of Bevan's Bennet Valley Chardonnay, from this cooler, mountainous AVA in the southeast of Sonoma County.
£635 / Case£52.92 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £807.22 / Case, £67.27 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days

2021 Bevan Cellars, Chardonnay, Bennett Valley 1x75cl

Blend: 100% Chardonnay Vintage production: 148 cases 2021 marks the debut vintage of Bevan's Bennet Valley Chardonnay, from this cooler, mountainous AVA in the southeast of Sonoma County.
£54 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £68.57 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days

2019 Bevan Cellars, Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 1x75cl

Blend: 100% Chardonnay Vintage production: 320 cases Russell Bevan is a Titan among Napa winemakers, and his incredible single vineyard reds from 'Grand Cru' sites including the Tench, Beckstoffer... Dr. Crane and Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyards are among the Valley's greatest. For those in the know it gets even more exciting with his ultra-rare Sonoma bottlings. These wines show the remarkable breadth of Russell's talent, and why the far western reaches of Sonoma are home to some of the most exciting Chardonnays in the World. The Ritchie Vineyard is one of the ‘Grand Crus’ of the Russian River Valley and is the source for some of THE best Chardonnays in California. The fruit is highly coveted by winemaking legends Mark Aubert and David Ramey, and Russell’s Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay is the most intense of them all. It’s a wine with bags of cellaring potential, yet its opulence is going to make it hard to resist opening early on. Russell Bevan: "Our 2019 Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay is a powerhouse. while we love to drink our Cabernets Sauvignons and red wine blends young, we have always enjoyed our chardonnays with some maturity. Of course, they are yummy when they are young, but they just have so much intensity that they shine even brighter with a little age. With this vintage we have crafted a wine that will draw a crowd, tomorrow and for years to come. Opulent, dynamic, it pulses key lime, pineapple and a kiss of stone fruit. This wine pulls no punches."
£63 / BottleDuty Status: Duty PaidAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days