Bevan Cellars

Our Story:
Back in 1995, when Victoria and I started dating in Des Moines, our favorite game was "Guess the Wine." We would take turns bringing a blind wine and make the other person guess the varietal and region. When I look back on those dates, there is little mystery about how we arrived where we are today.
Soon after that, we moved to Minneapolis and fell in with a group of wine lovers whose passion and knowledge fanned our flame. We started taking regular trips to wine country in California, where we met many of the finest winemakers. We were so inspired by them that to this day we follow many of their principles. We learned first-hand about Philip Togni's attention to every minute detail.... Saw how Bob Foley would only pick fruit if his palate -- not some lab test -- told him it was time... Heard Greg La Follette telling us how careful you have to be when making decisions in the winery because even the smallest decision has an impact on the final wine. Our conversations still reverberate with me whether I am at a vineyard or in the winery.
Soon enough we were searching for property in our native California. Victoria spent three years trying to find the right site. Finally, she found her dream home on eight acres of land in Bennett Valley, just a few miles from where I grew up. It only took one visit by Kal Showket to plant the seed that led to our estate vineyard. Little did we know that Kal would be key to many of the major changes in our lives from that point on. Later that year, the Showket's gave us a ton of Cabernet Sauvignon from their best block to see if we would enjoy winemaking.
When that ton of fruit arrived at the winery, we had a dozen friends help us sort the grapes. For fifteen hours we worked, examining each grape by hand and sorting them into three groups: plump and juicy, dimpled, and very ripe. We fermented each batch separately. Tasting the lots two days later, the differences were staggering. The hook was set.
–Russell Bevan and Victoria De Crescenzo

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Bevan Cellars 'Ontogeny' Proprietary Red 2016
95  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 95 "Blended of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc, 15% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot, the deep purple-black colored 2016 Ontogeny Proprietary Red Wine gives pure blackberries, black cherries and blueberries with bay leaves and black pepper plus a touch of cedar. The palate is
Item Number: 30717

Bevan Cellars Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2016
Winemakers Notes "Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay is our consistent stunner. The long, even-growing season in 2016 allowed us to leave the fruit on the vine longer than we normally do. This, combined with the fact that we only got 1.6 tons per acre, allowed the fruit to develop incredibly thick skins,
Item Number: 29594
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Bevan Cellars E E Cuvee 'Oakville' 2016
98  Wine Advocate 
The Wine Advocate 98 "A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Proprietary Red EE Tench Vineyard is scented of pure plums and ripe blueberries with redcurrants and touches of lavender, roses, bay leaves and dusty earth. The palate is

Bevan Cellars 'Dry Stack' Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Winemakers Notes "The 2017 Dry Stack Sauvignon Blanc is an incredibly expressive wine already, just weeks in the bottle. The nose is all about the tropics. Pineapple, guava and kiwi dominate. The wine is lively and the glycerin levels are off the chart, giving it a super seductive mid palate. This

Bevan Cellars Pinot Noir 'Rita's Crown' 2016
Winemakers Notes "Our Rita’s Crown Pinot Noir is also a massive wine, but is much more focused on the mid- palate and back of the mouth. The wines from Santa Rita are inky and dark. Plum, cherry, raspberry, the fruits come at you in waves. The textures are pure velvet. This is as decadent of a

Bevan Cellars 'Ontogeny' Proprietary Red 2015
"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,

Bevan Cellars E E Cuvee 'Oakville' 2015
100  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 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

Bevan Cellars 'Ontogeny' Proprietary Red 2014
96  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 96 "There are 700 cases of the 2014 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

Bevan Cellars 'Sugarloaf Mtn' Red Blend 2012
100  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 100 "Another perfect wine is Bevan’s equal part blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, the 2012 Proprietary Red Sugarloaf Mountain. Notes of unsmoked cigar tobacco, forest floor, pen ink mulberries, blackberries and spring flowers soar from this inky/purple-colored 2012. The wine

Bevan Cellars 'Ontogeny' Proprietary Red 2012
99  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 99 "The nearly perfect 2012 Proprietary Red Ontogeny is Bevan’s least expensive and biggest production cuvée (700 cases). A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Petit Verdot and 10% Cabernet Franc, it comes from four of Russell Bevan’s favorite vineyard sources – Tench, Tin Box, Two

Bevan Cellars 'Sugarloaf Mtn' 'The Whitney' Red Blend 2009
95  Wine Advocate 
Wine Spectator 95 "A gorgeous effort that offers pure, complex aromas of cassis, kirsch, melted black licorice, spice, cedar and tobacco, all well-distributed, gaining momentum and ending with a long, persistent, layered finish. Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Drink now through 2022. 100 cases made." ~

Bevan Cellars 'Ontogeny' Proprietary Red 2008
97  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 97 "The stunning 2008 Ontogeny Proprietary Red (a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot) boasts an opaque purple color along with notes of kirsch, blueberries, boysenberries, mocha and subtle smoke. Expansive on the palate as well as opulent and fleshy with