Dark Ruby with aromas of ripe dark berry fruits, herbs and spice, aged for 20 months in French oak (75% new). On the palate black cherry and black currant flavors with oak, vanilla and earthy notes. Well balanced, fine ripe dusty tannins, long finish ending with fruit, oak, espresso notes and pepper spice! Nice! Drinks well now, aging? check back in a year or so! — 3 days ago
Nose has blueberry jam, dried out brownie corner, dried blackberry, old leather and dried eucalyptus.
Palate has cedar & oak shavings, dark cocoa powder, blueberry-blackberry jam (low sugar), dried orange peel, (light) baking spice with light tannins and a long, dry finish. Decanted 3H.
Purchased several bottles in 2004, down to one left after this bottle. Last bottle was 213 weeks prior, and it assuredly didn't taste anything like this gem tonight. I recall heavy green notes and overbearing eucalyptus, even after 24 hours... I guess this just needed a solid 18 years to get going. Note to future self, last bottle should be 2022-26. — 18 days ago
Elegant expression of Sangiovese - maybe the most pure I’ve had in USA. Def fruit forward, but polished w/great extraction & density of cherry fruit mingled w/hint of leather but not much else. Not as fresh, more chewy than expected. Very nice albeit atypical - akin to hi end Rosso di Montalcino — 5 days ago
Sourced from the Walla Walla Rocks District, this opens with Umami and nori tones that mingle with Mandarin orange rind, and guava puree tones that all dance in the glass. The palate is plush, showing off its silky texture. Layers of bright red fruits collide with minerals, charcuterie, citrus rind accents and stony undertones on the palate. Sinfully good in its youth, this beautiful wine will cellar well over the next decade. Drink 2020-2030- 94 — 13 days ago
inky purple black, completely opaque, prominent tears; espresso, bitter dark chocolate, plum, violets, savory herbs; voluptuous, juicy dark fruit, very long; full bodied, medium+ acidity, chewy tannins, 15.3% ABV; blend of 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot; $195 — 2 days ago
Celebrating my Mom’s birthday 👏🏻
Every time I open a bottle of this I hear Russell and Victoria yell, “ONTOGENY!!!” It’s a fun blend that never disappoints and is always appropriate. It’s rambunctious and energetic but still poised and knows how to play well with others 🍷 — 8 days ago
‘12 vintage. Drinking beautifully. Prior notes of “grilled grape jam” absolutely apply. I kinda expected it to be bigger than it is, but I won’t go so far as to say it’s fading. I have, let’s say, such BIG expectations for Bevan wines that I sometimes expect it to be more flamboyant and opulent than it is or ever was. — 11 days ago