Bevan Cellars

Ontogeny Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend

9.515 ratings
9.45 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Red Bordeaux Blend
Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, White Rice, Mushrooms, Pasta, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Lamb, Tomato-Based, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Beef, Hard Cheese, Venison
Top Notes For
Matt Sterr

New World, big, red and blue. Polished. Juicy.

New World, big, red and blue. Polished. Juicy.

Sep 19th, 2019
Shay A
9.5

Victoria from Bevan Cellars came to town and put on a wonderful tasting of some current releases.

In my opinion, this is one of the best Napa cabs at the price point. Consistently fantastic with everything you could want from a Napa Cab. I found this wine to have more stuffing and more complexity than the ‘14. Similar to the ‘15. Didn’t come across too high octane. More red and black fruit compared to blue and black fruit, with a sweet mocha like note.

Victoria from Bevan Cellars came to town and put on a wonderful tasting of some current releases.

In my opinion, this is one of the best Napa cabs at the price point. Consistently fantastic with everything you could want from a Napa Cab. I found this wine to have more stuffing and more complexity than the ‘14. Similar to the ‘15. Didn’t come across too high octane. More red and black fruit compared to blue and black fruit, with a sweet mocha like note.

Oct 12th, 2018
Ken Z
9.3

Drank 6/13/19. Tasting event. Tasting pour.

Ripe, red and black fruit, with a touch of pipe tobacco. Similar plate, with a bit of soil and oak. Medium + finish. Well made, if not a bit ripe. The '15 seems a bit better if you can find it.

4/23/7/4/4 +50= 92 pts

Drank 6/13/19. Tasting event. Tasting pour.

Ripe, red and black fruit, with a touch of pipe tobacco. Similar plate, with a bit of soil and oak. Medium + finish. Well made, if not a bit ripe. The '15 seems a bit better if you can find it.

4/23/7/4/4 +50= 92 pts

1 person found it helpfulJun 14th, 2019
Shay A
9.5

Day 3 in Napa in the books! Running a day behind on notes...Napa time runs slow AND fast!

Dang. Insane wine for under $100! Highest scoring Ontogeny since 2012. Cherry cordial, blackberry pie, pie crust, and smoked rhubarb candy. This is very impressive and competes with Bevan’s single vineyard style wines.

Day 3 in Napa in the books! Running a day behind on notes...Napa time runs slow AND fast!

Dang. Insane wine for under $100! Highest scoring Ontogeny since 2012. Cherry cordial, blackberry pie, pie crust, and smoked rhubarb candy. This is very impressive and competes with Bevan’s single vineyard style wines.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 4th, 2019
TheSkip

This was singing! Much better showing than when I had this last time. Very complex and with a wonderful palate and nose.

This was singing! Much better showing than when I had this last time. Very complex and with a wonderful palate and nose.

Jul 13th, 2019
Billy L.

Fabulous, Cheers & Kudos to Russell Bevan, his entry level Red Wine; best wine under $100 from Napa Valley IMO! 🍇🍷👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Fabulous, Cheers & Kudos to Russell Bevan, his entry level Red Wine; best wine under $100 from Napa Valley IMO! 🍇🍷👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Jul 9th, 2019
TheSkip

I honestly wanted to like this more. It was good but I felt it was overhyped.

I honestly wanted to like this more. It was good but I felt it was overhyped.

May 18th, 2019
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Easy 95-97 points,
Great burger wine
Jeb 98 Lisa 95

Easy 95-97 points,
Great burger wine
Jeb 98 Lisa 95

Apr 10th, 2019
Jason and Jennie

95+ just a great wine for the price

@Shay A i agree with more red/black fruit notes.

95+ just a great wine for the price

@Shay A i agree with more red/black fruit notes.

Mar 17th, 2019
Paul T- Huntington Beach

I think I skipped the 15 because I was still sitting on a few 14’s, but this 16 is great, reminds me of the 2012. It was a Bard beater for 14 so curious how it compares to the 16 Bard,

I think I skipped the 15 because I was still sitting on a few 14’s, but this 16 is great, reminds me of the 2012. It was a Bard beater for 14 so curious how it compares to the 16 Bard,

Oct 8th, 2018