Bevan Cellars

Ontogeny Oakville Red Wine

9.392 ratings
9.211 pro ratings
Oakville, Napa Valley, California, USA
Red Blend
Game, Baking Spices, Duck, Goose, Potato, Chili & Hot Spicy, White Rice, Exotic Spices, Pasta, Herbs, Beans & Peas, Onion, Chicken, Pork, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Soft Cheese, Mushrooms, Tomato-Based, Turkey, Veal, Hard Cheese
Top Notes For
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
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Try one young & save the rest

Try one young & save the rest

2 people found it helpfulNov 21st, 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
Charlie Beatty

Buyer wineworksonline.com

9.4

Bevan 2012 at its greatest yet!!! Huge full bodied red with gobs of black fruits, great mouthfeel. Don't miss out here! Gift from Nora and Marty ! You know who you are. Thanks for the Awesome Wine. CB 94

Bevan 2012 at its greatest yet!!! Huge full bodied red with gobs of black fruits, great mouthfeel. Don't miss out here! Gift from Nora and Marty ! You know who you are. Thanks for the Awesome Wine. CB 94

Jan 18th, 2016
Carl Fischer

Nice and lush with strong balance of black fruits and undertones of vanilla/oak. It's a baby and enjoyable now but I bet will be much better in a few years.

Nice and lush with strong balance of black fruits and undertones of vanilla/oak. It's a baby and enjoyable now but I bet will be much better in a few years.

Nov 28th, 2015
Sean Trapani

Founder/Educator Wine Fluent, Consultant ABC Fine Wines & Spirits

8.9

A beautifully balanced blend of lush black fruits, licorice, and vanilla. Round and supple, but a bit restrained and quick finishing.

A beautifully balanced blend of lush black fruits, licorice, and vanilla. Round and supple, but a bit restrained and quick finishing.

Nov 1st, 2015
Charlie Beatty

Buyer wineworksonline.com

9.8

After Kosta Browne Pinot and Marcassin Chard and liter bottle of Caymus 40, this Bevan Cellars Orogeny 2012 is Incredible too! FAB 4 of wines. A must locate and Buy!! Good Luck! CB 98

After Kosta Browne Pinot and Marcassin Chard and liter bottle of Caymus 40, this Bevan Cellars Orogeny 2012 is Incredible too! FAB 4 of wines. A must locate and Buy!! Good Luck! CB 98

Aug 17th, 2015
Corey Zamora, CSW

Very nice. Big balanced fruit, superb for this price range.

Very nice. Big balanced fruit, superb for this price range.

Dec 25th, 2014
Ki Punwar

Owner, California Wine Republic

9.2

Congrats on all the reviews Russell & Victoria!

Congrats on all the reviews Russell & Victoria!

Nov 1st, 2014