Bevan Cellars Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard | Proprietary Red Wine 2016 / 750 ml.

Item#: 48527

RP9898 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 11th Feb 2021
Sugarloaf is a cooler site in south Napa, above a quarry. It usually allows for a longer hang time, often lending a minty or herbal lift to this label. The deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Proprietary Red Sugarloaf Mountain is composed of 55% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. It races out of the glass with gregarious notions of red and black currant preserves, beef drippings and wild sage, plus hints of chocolate box, pencil shavings and raspberry leaves. The blockbuster, full-bodied palate is densely laden with black and red berry layers, framed by firm, grainy tannins and compelling freshness, finishing with an herbal lift on the finish. 650 cases were produced. (Lisa Perrotti-Brown)
RP97+97+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 29th Oct 2018
The 2016 Proprietary Red Sugarloaf Mountain is a blend of 55% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Very deep purple-black in color, it features earth, redcurrants, red and black cherries, plums and loads of florals with a waft of dried herbs. The palate offers loads of lift from the menthol and red fruits, with a fine-grained texture and tons of energy on the finish. 605 cases produced.
VN93+93–96 pts. - Vinous - Mar 2018
The 2016 Proprietary Red Wine Sugarloaf Mountain is fresh, nuanced and full of potential. The aromatics and fruit are beautifully delineated, while bright acidity gives the wine vibrancy and focus. The 2016 is shaping up to be a real jewel of a wine.

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Primary Grape: Cabernet Franc | All Grapes: 55% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot

United States | California | Napa Valley

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RP98 98 pts. / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (11th Feb 2021)

Sugarloaf is a cooler site in south Napa, above a quarry. It usually allows for a longer hang time, often lending a minty or herbal lift to this label. The deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Proprietary Red Sugarloaf Mountain is composed of 55% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. It races out of the glass with gregarious notions of red and black currant preserves, beef drippings and wild sage, plus hints of chocolate box, pencil shavings and raspberry leaves. The blockbuster, full-bodied palate is densely laden with black and red berry layers, framed by firm, grainy tannins and compelling freshness, finishing with an herbal lift on the finish. 650 cases were produced. (Lisa Perrotti-Brown)

RP97+ 97+ pts. / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (29th Oct 2018)

The 2016 Proprietary Red Sugarloaf Mountain is a blend of 55% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Very deep purple-black in color, it features earth, redcurrants, red and black cherries, plums and loads of florals with a waft of dried herbs. The palate offers loads of lift from the menthol and red fruits, with a fine-grained texture and tons of energy on the finish. 605 cases produced.

VN93+ 93–96 pts. / Vinous (Mar 2018)

The 2016 Proprietary Red Wine Sugarloaf Mountain is fresh, nuanced and full of potential. The aromatics and fruit are beautifully delineated, while bright acidity gives the wine vibrancy and focus. The 2016 is shaping up to be a real jewel of a wine.

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SKU 48527
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Bevan Cellars Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard
Country United States
Region California
District Napa Valley
Product Location - Location-Appellation Napa Valley
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 14.7%
Brand Bevan Cellars
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2016
Bin Location 0
Can it be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) 55% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
Primary Grape Cabernet Franc
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
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