Smoke, leather, licorice, tar, menthol, and crushed flowers all take shape in the 2011 Impetus. The 2011 is a bit more compact than Russell Bevan's wines usually are, with less immediacy but plenty of energy. I expect the 2011 is going to need time to fully come together. Iron, graphite, smoke and a host of ferrous notes inform the potent finish. Impetus is a blend of 50% Cabernet Franc from DeCrescenzo in Sonoma and 50% Merlot from Tench, in Oakville. I can't wait to see how this ages.
Author: Antonio Galloni
Wine Advocate | Rating: 90
This is a prodigious effort! The 2011 Proprietary Red The Impetus, a blend of Oakville and Bennett Valley Cabernet Franc and Merlot (a Cheval Blanc look-alike?), it appears more reserved than Bevan Cellars' other offerings, perhaps because of the Bennett Valley fruit component. An outstanding effort, it exhibits attractive dusty, loamy soil notes intermixed with forest floor, black currants and a touch of wood as well as a full-bodied, rich, concentrated palate. The tannins then kick in and the wine shuts down ever so slightly. I suspect this was just a more restrained effort in the company of potential legends and candidates for the wine of the vintage.
Parker scores this one 90 points, lowest of the Bevan 2011 vintage. Maybe it is not as spectacular as the 100 point tin box Cabernet, but this is much better than a 90 point wine comparing to other vineyards' proprietary blends. Ready to drink now, minimal decanting needed. Truely a great wine!
Self | Rating: 92
Rich and unctuous. Beautiful dark fruit and camphor.