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Bevan Cellars Ontogeny Napa Valley Red Wine 2014

Synopsis, Our Opinion: An EXCEPTIONAL California Bordeaux blend.

Producer/Winery: Bevan Cellars; Santa Rosa, California.

Grape Variety: Bordeaux blend – Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.

Geographic Appellation: Napa Valley, California.

Vintage: 2014

Price: Gift (Estimated price $149.)

Purchased From: Total Wine; Thousand Oaks, California.

Paired With: Roast leg of lamb, oven roasted potatoes, oven roasted brussels sprouts and salad of roasted red, green & orange peppers, eggplant, onions, tomatoes, summer squash and mushrooms with either balsamic vinegar or oreaono salad dressing.

Tasting:

    He said: Opened and decanted two hours before drinking. Opaque, dark purple-garnet color with a slightly lighter rim. A rich mixture of damp earth, dark fruit and smoky aromas. Full body, deep almost thick chewy layers of texture and succulent blackberry and plum taste that was both rich in flavor and juicy on the taste buds. A backbone of silky tannins carried through the long sweet spicy finish that encouraged another sip. WOW, this was a delicious California Bordeaux blend. In an nutshell I’d call it an opulent and boisterous wine with a lot of California sunshine in the bottle, but the sensuous fruit and luscious tannins were a real treat paired with with the rare roast leg of lamb. An EXCEPTIONAL California Bordeaux blend.

    She said: Opaque, dark purple red color. Fantastic wine! I loved it from the first heady sniff to the long flavorful finish. The aroma was full of cherry, blackberry and even hints of floral that were complemented in the mouth by a full body and noteworthy supple tinnins. The wine was dry and very well balanced with extraordinary depth. It worked well with the dinner as well as being a fine sipping wine. At $150. it was not cheap, but I could probably not distinguish it from the similar California Bordeaux blends; e.g. Opus One or Insignia, so it was a good value. I would recommend it and buy it again when wanting a special “New World” Bordeaux blend.

Late summer in the Bevan Cellars vineyard

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Alcohol Content: 14.9%

UPC Code: NA

Imported by: NA

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