Winemaker, Taub Family Vineyards
Napa legend Russell Bevan has been fascinated by wine—Cabernet Sauvignon in particular—since he was a teen. He spent his college years working for the Gallo family, which further ignited his passion and helped launch what would become a hugely successful winemaking career. In 2004, with a ton of premium, Eastern Oakville-grown fruit in-hand (acquired from iconic grower, Kal Showket), Russell brought his first Cabernet to life and he hasn’t looked back since. Today, Russell’s wines have earned a cascade of over one hundred 95+ point scores, including several 100-point nods from The Wine Advocate. His trademark, provocative style emphasizes intense concentration and seductive textures—wines that strike an irresistible balance between effortless longevity and accessibility for immediate pleasure.
Country born: United States
Education: Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hours of thoughtful tasting.
Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years
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Robert Parker once called Russell his Winemaker of the Year.
The winemaker's task is to ensure textural balance. Mother nature provides flavors and aromatics, and the winemaker’s goal is to protect them.