How Alexander describes Bevan Cellars:
“Russell Bevan is a larger-than-life personality, and his wines reflect this. They are full-bodied, lush, full of personality, terroir-focused, long-lived with fine tannins. These wines are unique and like nothing else that can be found in California.”
Russell Bevan and Victoria De Crescenzo were always set to produce some of the most sought-after wines in Napa. However, the journey to success was not an easy one. The story began in 1998, when Russell was spending many hours learning about wine through the Wine Spectator website, he jumped into the 2003 vintage, and by 2007 his wine was highly noted by Robert Parker. Russell thought he had it all sorted, and he and Victoria put everything they owned (401K, IRA) into Bevan Cellars to raise capital. Their timing was wrong: the financial crash of 2008-2009 nearly wiped them out. Their friend, Eric Epstein, kept them going and now has a wine named in his honour: the famous Tench Vineyard, EE. The 2011 vintage was a real turning point, with their Tin Box receiving 100 points from Robert Parker, the only 2011 Napa Cabernet to score a perfect 100 points. Since then, Bevan Cellars has earned a perfect 100-point score with seven of their wines. Russell has access to some of the best vineyards in the Valley, including both Tench and Sugarloaf. These vineyards are located between other famous plots of Dalla Valle, Screaming Eagle and Joseph Phelps Backus.