Russell Bevan is one of California’s hottest winemakers, currently crafting 19 offerings from the 2013 vintage, including cabernet sauvignon, red blends, syrah, pinot noir, sauvignon blanc, and chardonnay.
Although the label announces the name Bevan, the winery is really a partnership between Russell Bevan and his spouse Victoria De Crescenzo. The two wine geeks began dating back in 1995 in Des Moines, Iowa, and soon took regular trips to California wine country.
They were inspired by noted winemakers like Bob Foley of Robert Foley Vineyards, Philip Togni, and Greg La Follette of La Follette Wines, and soon were searching for property in The Golden State. They finally planted a stake on eight acres in the Bennett Valley in Sonoma County, only a short distance from where Russell grew up. Bevan Cellars crushed the couple’s first cabernet sauvignon from Showket Vineyard in 2005, and they were hooked on the wine business.
Bevan Cellars is most well known for Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon, but this sauvignon blanc is the best example of this varietal that I’ve tasted this year. It is thoroughly enjoyable, with bright aromas and flavors of tropical fruits, pear, peach, and kiwi, with a subtle grassy character indicative of this grape. There’s plenty of satisfying richness, yet the wine is bright and crisp.
This sauvignon blanc is a versatile match for food, and it makes for a rewarding meal. Pair it with veal or pork dishes, spicy and ethnic cuisines, smoked salmon, or thyme-scented chicken.
The 2013 Bevan Cellars Sauvignon Blanc is available for $40 at Total Wine & More stores in Orange County.