Bevan Cellars
Russian River Valley, California
Ritchie Vineyard
Dull, pools into the glass with a day-glo greenish yellow cast, flat rims. Big, blowzy nose of ripe apricot, peach fruit, floral musk, caramel and vanilla fudge, heavily oaked, not much else there, has to be wiped out of your nostrils in order to stop smelling it. Full-bodied, first up is mint and rose water. The oak starts out toasty and eventually gets creamier with more butterscotch emphasis. Moments of orange cream popsicle. Very ripe pear, apricot, peach to pineapple fruit yet not excessively sweet. Hot and tends to unravel by the finish, might have been better during the first year bottled.
87 points