Thursday, January 27, 2011

Bevan Cellars 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Showket Vineyard, Oakville, David’s Cuvée

Bookmark and Share   A couple days ago I posted about my experience in Orlando with two spectacular Sine Qua Non wines. The setting was the glistening high-end restaurant Blue Zoo, operated by celebrity chef Todd English. The SQN 2007 Labels Syrah and 2007 Pictures Grenache were superlative -- but they were not on stage alone.

Our friend on the board of directors had decided to share three "treasure" wines. The final piece of the triumvirate was the Bevan Cellars 2008 David's Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine had a special meaning for him because he is a friend of the winery owner and it shares his first name (mine too!).

This is a micro-release with only 175 cases produced, and is priced accordingly (at $150). This is a lovely wine that has copped a 95 rating from Robert Parker. The winery does offer lower priced wines, including a $28 Sauvignon Blanc which is currently sold out. But Bevan's specialty is clearly the premium reds sourced from the Showket Vineyard.

Forget about buying a case of your favorite wine -- there are bottle limits and you can purchase no more than four bottles of any wine. For their proprietary red blend and Syrah there is a limit of one bottle.

This is rare stuff, so rare in fact that the bottles have radio frequency ID tags so that you can scan it with your smart phone to verify it is an authentic Bevan Cellars release.

The Showket Vineyard is a special one. The Showket Vineyard is situated on the Oakville Hillside overlooking the Silverado Trail and Oakville Crossroad. The ground is a mix of red volcanic rock and clay loam. Out of the extreme conditions of the Showket comes fruit of great character.

The wine is vibrant and rich. It has waves of flavor including blueberry, cherry with hints of mocha and spice. The wine has a dramatic finish, making it a memorable Cabernet.

Highly rated and highly recommended.
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