Bevan Cellars

Ontogeny Oakville Red Wine

9.3290 ratings
9.229 pro ratings
Oakville, Napa Valley, California, USA
Red Blend
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9.6

There is no issue at all with tasting the 2015 Ontogeny, Bevan's entry-level wine, after all the big guns. If anything, the tasting order simply shows what a great wine this. Expansive aromatics lead into a core of rich, pliant fruit in this sweeping, dramatic wine. Readers who don't want to splurge on the higher-priced offerings will do just fine with the Ontogeny. This is a tremendous showing. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, March 2018)

There is no issue at all with tasting the 2015 Ontogeny, Bevan's entry-level wine, after all the big guns. If anything, the tasting order simply shows what a great wine this. Expansive aromatics lead into a core of rich, pliant fruit in this sweeping, dramatic wine. Readers who don't want to splurge on the higher-priced offerings will do just fine with the Ontogeny. This is a tremendous showing. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, March 2018)

Apr 13th, 2018
Seth Liebman

Wine Director/Sommelier

9.3

Reminds me of an early on Harlan.

Reminds me of an early on Harlan.

Feb 6th, 2018
Matt Trader, TWP

Wow... this has to be one of the best vintages of Ontogeny in years, if not ever. Higher concentration of Tench vineyard, used in the EE Red, than in any other vintage of this wine. Incredible nose of luxardo cherries, pencil box, leather, lavender syrup, and vanilla. The pallet is brick house! Tannins perfectly integrated, full throttle, exhibiting notes of smoked blackberry reduction, dark chocolate, red delicious apple skin, licorice, and a finish that lasts forever. I feel like there's no way this wine should score less than 97 on WA. In my top 10 wines I've had all year - I will gladly take a bottle of this for Christmas! ;)

Wow... this has to be one of the best vintages of Ontogeny in years, if not ever. Higher concentration of Tench vineyard, used in the EE Red, than in any other vintage of this wine. Incredible nose of luxardo cherries, pencil box, leather, lavender syrup, and vanilla. The pallet is brick house! Tannins perfectly integrated, full throttle, exhibiting notes of smoked blackberry reduction, dark chocolate, red delicious apple skin, licorice, and a finish that lasts forever. I feel like there's no way this wine should score less than 97 on WA. In my top 10 wines I've had all year - I will gladly take a bottle of this for Christmas! ;)

Nov 18th, 2017
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.5

The cruise continues! Night eight aboard the Allure of the Seas and since the Special Selection has already been finished and the Opus is too young we ran downstairs to grab this beauty out of the suitcase.

Deep and dark ruby red. Deep and layered nose with tobacco, spices, vanilla, dark floral notes, black currants, cassis and a touch of scorched earth. Heavy tannins (7.5/10) with a full body. Smooth attack on the palate but very powerful with solid acidity and strong backbone. Layered with vanilla, cinnamon and dark spices with a strong dark black cherry undertone throughout. Long finish. Big powerful wine with a decade or more left in it and will only get even better with time. Drink till 2030. (95+)

We decided we needed to celebrate this vacation with my parents so we brought along the first high-end bottle of wine we purchased back in 2014 when we went into Total Wine and met Victoria. So glad we did!

The cruise continues! Night eight aboard the Allure of the Seas and since the Special Selection has already been finished and the Opus is too young we ran downstairs to grab this beauty out of the suitcase.

Deep and dark ruby red. Deep and layered nose with tobacco, spices, vanilla, dark floral notes, black currants, cassis and a touch of scorched earth. Heavy tannins (7.5/10) with a full body. Smooth attack on the palate but very powerful with solid acidity and strong backbone. Layered with vanilla, cinnamon and dark spices with a strong dark black cherry undertone throughout. Long finish. Big powerful wine with a decade or more left in it and will only get even better with time. Drink till 2030. (95+)

We decided we needed to celebrate this vacation with my parents so we brought along the first high-end bottle of wine we purchased back in 2014 when we went into Total Wine and met Victoria. So glad we did!

Sep 11th, 2017
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.2

Second of the blind wines and gifted to us by @TheSkip. Thanks Steve!

Deep ruby red core and a tad lighter on the edges with a touch of sediment. Layered nose but not overpowering at all like other Bevans, notes of sweet spices, cinnamon and dark berries. Medium plus to heavy integrated tannins (7/10) with a touch of heat. Some jammy black fruits on the palate with some anise and a little vegetal. Full attack but thinned out before the finish. Vegetal notes took some time but blew off being some more dark berries to the palate. Medium to medium plus bodied with a long finish. Solid work in a touch vintage. Drink till 2021.

Second of the blind wines and gifted to us by @TheSkip. Thanks Steve!

Deep ruby red core and a tad lighter on the edges with a touch of sediment. Layered nose but not overpowering at all like other Bevans, notes of sweet spices, cinnamon and dark berries. Medium plus to heavy integrated tannins (7/10) with a touch of heat. Some jammy black fruits on the palate with some anise and a little vegetal. Full attack but thinned out before the finish. Vegetal notes took some time but blew off being some more dark berries to the palate. Medium to medium plus bodied with a long finish. Solid work in a touch vintage. Drink till 2021.

Aug 7th, 2017
Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Bum

Try one young & save the rest

Try one young & save the rest

2 people found it helpfulNov 21st, 2014
Matt Sterr

Cab Sav, Cab Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot.

Cab Sav, Cab Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot.

1 person found it helpfulApr 19th, 2017
Eric LaMasters

I absolutely love this wine. Unfortunately this was my last bottle of the 08.

I absolutely love this wine. Unfortunately this was my last bottle of the 08.

1 person found it helpfulMar 5th, 2014
Mike R
9.4

Rhonda's birthday and great wine - love the whole Bevan lineup - big bold and beautiful with a little peppery but opening up and just awesome - by the way I cooked and we had mussels clams shrimps anti-pasta and other goodies that were gluten free - proud of myself and main thing is rhonda is happy - and that leads to my smiling

Rhonda's birthday and great wine - love the whole Bevan lineup - big bold and beautiful with a little peppery but opening up and just awesome - by the way I cooked and we had mussels clams shrimps anti-pasta and other goodies that were gluten free - proud of myself and main thing is rhonda is happy - and that leads to my smiling

Feb 22nd, 2017
Mike R
9.5

Love everything about Friday nights and December and Bevan red wines and the 2012 is incredible - oh yeah you say - well go get one and decant for two hours and then pour but slowly and then smell but slowly and then drink small sips but slowly and then remember it is Friday night and it is December and I bet you will enjoy and smile - rating might be slightly influenced by the fact it is Friday night and December - we are enjoying huge smiles tonight - all is good right now so SMILE people

Love everything about Friday nights and December and Bevan red wines and the 2012 is incredible - oh yeah you say - well go get one and decant for two hours and then pour but slowly and then smell but slowly and then drink small sips but slowly and then remember it is Friday night and it is December and I bet you will enjoy and smile - rating might be slightly influenced by the fact it is Friday night and December - we are enjoying huge smiles tonight - all is good right now so SMILE people

Dec 2nd, 2016