The McGah’s textures are incredibly similar, but the fruit profile here is red cherry, with a hint of stone fruit, giving it the most exotic aromatic profile of our pure Cabernet Sauvignons.
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The perfect 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon McGah comes from a Rutherford parcel owned by the McGah family. Virtually all Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 75% Taransaud and 25% Gamba wood, it boasts off-the-charts richness as well as an inky/purple color and notes of graphite, spring flowers, blackberries, blueberries, cassis, licorice and forest floor. This incredibly fruity, full-bodied, voluptuously textured wine can be consumed now and over the next two decades or more.
As I wrote last year, Russell Bevan and his partner, Victoria de Cresenzo, are turning out truly mind-blowing, big, rich, majestic wines. Bevan Cellars has hit the bull’s eye with a bevy of incredible efforts that showcases fabulous vineyard sources. Many of these have not been exploited by others. A warning though – these are super-rich, dense, powerful, massive wines. While the tannins are elevated, they are silky and well-integrated, and the wines are neither heavy nor overbearing. Nor is Bevan afraid of alcohol, but he never goes over-the-top.
The bottled 2012s have all seen about 75% new Taransaud French oak barrels and the rest tend to be either Gamba or Darnajou, the latter probably the most difficult high-quality barrel to obtain because of the small production.