Heidi and Russell Bevan run the Adversity estate out of Stockton in California, the name being a reflection of their conviction that vines grown in adverse environments will produce the most interesting fruit, with unique flavor profiles and textural qualities. It is a small family business.
The focus is on Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, but the selection is expanding each year.
“Sage Ridge” is sourced from Cabernet Sauvignon vines high above Lake Hennessy, on a very exposed site with soils of little nutritional value, which produces a wine with darker fruit profile than Erba. It is a true mountain wine with a raw primary quality.
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Sage Ridge is another inky hued wine from Bevan and offers lots of ultra-ripe black cherries blackberries wildflowers chocolate and a kiss of iron. With full-bodied richness a dense layered mid-palate and lots of tannins it nevertheless has beautiful purity and a seamless texture. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from a steep terraced vineyard (Kuleto) it's another terrific wine in the lineup.