Bevan Cellars “Ontogeny” Napa Valley 2016 [6/cs]

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California Napa Valley
Cabernet and Cabernet Blends
Type: Red Table Wine
Vintage: 2016

“While the 2016 Ontogeny Red Wine might be the least expensive wine in the lineup, it’s unquestionably at the same quality level as the top tier releases. Boasting a saturated purple color and sensational notes of plums, currants, chocolate, and graphite, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, incredible opulence and decadent, no hard edges and perfect overall balance. It’s the real deal, and readers should snatch up this beauty. 2019-2039.”

98 points, JebDunnuck.com, Jan 2019

 

“Blended of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc, 15% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot, the deep purple-black coloured 2016 Ontogeny Proprietary Red Wine gives pure blackberries, black cherries and blueberries with bay leaves and black pepper plus a touch of cedar. The palate is medium to full-bodied, fresh, grainy and harmonious, finishing long and juicy. 2,963 cases produced.”

95 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Oct 2018

 

“The 2016 Ontogeny is a terrific introduction to the Russell Bevan’s 2016s. Super-ripe dark cherry, plum, mocha, chocolate, new leather and a good dollop of new French oak infuse this sumptuous, racy red blend. Medium in body, in the style of the year, but with terrific unctuousness and depth, Ontogeny is a winner in 2016. Most importantly, Ontogeny compares very favorably with the hard to find and more expensive wines in this range. 2019-2028.”

93 points, Antonio Galloni vinous.com, Dec 2018