98 points Jeb Dunnuck
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 (1/2019)
95 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Blended of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc, 15% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot, the deep purple-black colored 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. (LPB)(10/2018)
93 points Vinous
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. (AG)(12/2018)
Stored on it’s side in a climate controlled cellar since purchase.