Red

2012 Bevan Cellars Ontogeny

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Oakville
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Community Tasting Notes 63

  • slywka7 Likes this wine: 95 points

    July 17, 2019 - Decanted for 30 minutes. Aromas of blackberry, cassis, black cherry, touch of bell pepper and roasted herbs. Flavors of blackberry, black cherry, currant, touch of raspberry and hint of chocolate. Ends with a big mouth coating finish of 40+ seconds with currant notes. These Bevan wines are big and bombastic but certainly well made.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • LiteItOnFire Likes this wine: 93 points

    July 7, 2019 - PnP but tasted throughout ~1.5 hours. Recent reviews hold true- great wine with an even better QPR. Knock out of a wine that is in its peak window with a good like ahead to enjoy. Drink now and later as the wine has just entered its prime.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • webbaker Likes this wine: 95 points

    June 19, 2019 - Multiple tastings with consistent notes. Outstanding wine at this price point.

  • csimm1161 wrote: 95 points

    April 25, 2019 - Same as last year. Performs like a champ after a few hours of air. I’ll try to hold another 8-12 months just to really optimize its drinking window. The 2012 vintage was a huge success from Bevan across a number of fronts. The Ontogeny is a very fine representation of the 2012 lineup, especially as the “base” model of the Bevan family.

    Good to go now, but whispers of alcohol still keep the flavors on the finish riding just a little high and linear. A splitting hairs critique no question, but something worth noting for those looking to find that precise happy spot on this particular wine. For me, I’ll try again in 2020+.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • msuwright wrote: 96 points

    February 3, 2019 - This stunning wine has incredible fruit, rich structure, and a mouthfeel that is as good as it gets. Dark purple in color, full in body, nose of black cherry, cedar, graphite, and menthol. Tastes of blackberry, gravel, and vanilla, with tastes that just keep coming - blueberry, milk chocolate, and black licorice also appear - and a finish that is silky and integrated. Blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Petit Verdot, and 10% Cabernet Franc. 14.7% alcohol. Decant an hour or so, as it just gets more silky and chocolatey with air (in short: so, so good).

    This is easily in the same league as the 2013, if not better - one of the all-time great $100 Napa Cabernets. (A category in which I'd include the 2012 Realm Bard, the 2015 Myriad GIII, and probably a bunch of others I'm forgetting.) This is Bevan at his best - incredible fruit, stunning integration, and just delicious. Drink now or in next few years. 96+.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2012
  • Type Red
  • Producer Bevan Cellars
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation Ontogeny
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Oakville
  • UPC Codes 451404797506, 451521987507

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 12 (1%)
  • In Cellars 1,401 (65%)
  • Consumed 748 (35%)

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