- Producer: Bevan Cellars - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Russell Bevan
- Region (AVA): Napa Valley (Oakville)
- Blend: 67% Cabernet Franc, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Vintage production: 180 cases
- Winery location: Oakville
- Owners: Russell Bevan & Victoria De Crescenzo
- First vintage: 2009
- Drinking window: 2013-2023
About The Wine
We’ve once again convinced Russell Bevan to crack open his cellar doors and pick one of his rarest back-vintages for us. We were looking for something never before released outside of the winery, drinking beautifully now and with all of the classic hallmarks of Bevan’s wines. Russell has given us something truly special: his LAST EVER BOTTLES of his awesome Curmudgeon Oakville Red Wine 2011, which Robert Parker described as “Delicious, complex and outrageous” – pretty much the perfect description of the Bevan Cellars style!
Parker’s 97 point score makes it one of the top 5 wines of the vintage, and it is currently cruising along at its best stage of evolution for drinking now (with a good few years to go if you can resist!). A blend of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, the vineyard sources are Bevan’s epic Tench Vineyard (surrounding the winery), and the tiny Tin Box Vineyard which lies just a few metres to the east, across the Silverado Trail.
Bevan Cellars Curmudgeon Red Wine 2011
"From two Oakville vineyards, Tin Box and Tench, the 2011 Curmudgeon is a blend of 66.67% Cabernet Franc and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon. Its opaque purple color is followed by soaring aromas of spring flowers, pen ink, espresso roast, white chocolate, black currants and mulberries. This deep, full-bodied, seamlessly constructed wine reveals perfectly integrated wood, tannin, alcohol and acidity. An amazing effort, it is already delicious, complex and outrageous. Drink it over the next decade."
97 points, Robert Parker (Oct. 2013)