Bevan Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Mae's Cuvee Showket Vineyards 2007
Our 2007 Bevan Cellars Showket Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is an example of why Oakville is famous for Cabernet Sauvignon. Every time we taste this wine we are struck by its purity of fruit. Aromatically it displays an array of dark fruits that grow in the glass, and in the mouth it has a focused core of fruit. The Showket Vineyard’s extreme conditions force the vines to produce small clusters and small berries that give great natural acidity, which in turn allows us to push the level of extraction at the winery. While this is a massive wine, it is actually very light on its feet and never comes across as ponderous or overly extracted. Instead it speaks to why Cabernet Sauvignon has long been considered the King of all red grapes.
Look out Opus One because there's a new kid in town that's coming out strong! It's hard for me to express how fundamentally great this wine was. From its rich layers of flavor to its balance of tannin, acid, oak, fruit, and body to a nose that was practically trying to escape the glass. The Oakville intensity shows through very well. The nose is jam packed with briar fruits like boysenberries, currents, and blackberries plus cedar, spicebox, and vanilla. Palate is weighty yet not overbearing with the aforementioned flavors plus cigar box, leather, and minerals. This is a wine that really makes you stop what you're doing and say "Wow!"
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96 Points James Laube, Wine Spectator A profound effort, dense, rich and concentrated, pleasantly earthy and complex, with dried currant, sage, plum, wild berry and melted chocolate woven together. Gains depth and nuance, offering a pleasing measure of finesse. Drink now through 2020. 95+ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate Also enormously impressive, but more backward and in need of bottle age is the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Showket Vineyard. This opaque purple-hued Cabernet exhibits classic notes of creosote, creme de cassis, licorice, and cedar. It is a relatively massive wine (as one expects from these hillsides that also produce the superb Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Francs from the Dalla Valle winery). This deep, broad, enormous 2007 needs to be forgotten for 5-6 years, and drunk over the following three decades. These are very impressive efforts! Bevan Cellars’ Syrahs from Sonoma’s Bennett Valley will be reviewed in the next issue, along with other non-Napa wines From Napa Valley, this small, artisanal producer has fashioned two brilliant 2007s.
275 cases produced.
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