This wine is more of a departure for us than any other wine in the 2009 line up. The one thing that I believe we do well at Bevan Cellars is manage tannins, we always try to make our Cabernet's unctuous and deep, but they are always light on their feet, never syrupy or hard. In '09 I intentionally let the Cabernet Sauvignon gain a little more weight and with it a little more complexity. The '07 and '08 were amazing right from the get-go, but the '09 likes some extra air and will age better than any previous Bevan Cellars Cabernet. It has a super deep core of black fruits and a kiss of dark chocolate. It isn't as herbal as our past vintages, it is more of a traditional Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon, powerful and focused.
"A muscular expression of Cabernet, deep and chewy, with ripe plum, blackberry, wild berry and floral scents. Tight, focused and tannic. Best to cellar or give a long decant."
"The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Bab’s Cuvee Showket Vineyard shows quite a bit more freshness than the Julie’s Cuvee. Dark red fruit, mineral flowers and spices flow effortlessly from this focused, vibrant Cabernet Sauvignon. The intensity of the fruit flows through beautifully to the fleshy, expressive finish. Bab’s Cuvee is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon (clone 7) aged in 100% new French oak barrels, 60% Darnajou and 40% Taransaud, a different mix of coopers than Bevan uses for Julie’s Cuvee, which is also clone 7 Cabernet from Showket Vineyard. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024."
The Wine Advocate