Bevan Cellars Ontogeny Oakville 2009
While the 2008 Ontogeny had some tannin that dominated for the first part of last year (though they softened quickly in bottle), the 2009 has an expansive seductive mid palate right from the start. It is again a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Verdot, but in ’09 the merlot gives it a chocolate decadent quality that I think will be this wines most memorable quality. The entry is all about dark plum and cherries, but the cocoa and mocha flavors build on the finish.
Not as Earth-shattering as the 2008 but still an excellent wine. I don't know how he gets his wines to drink so well so early without seeming to lose any structure or complexity. The wine was very bright, lots of red currants and black raspberries.
Another knockout Bevan Cellars wine. There's Kirsch, dried herbs, oaky vanilla, cocoa plus a bit of smoke develops as the wine aerates. This is Bevan's drink now wine and as such has just enough tannin to maintain structure but not enough to overwhelm the freshness of the wine. The texture is like chocolate wrapped in velvet and the finish goes on for ages.
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