The 2017 'Ontogeny' Proprietary Red is an absolutely fantastic release from Russell Beven. Composed from a belnd of the vineyard designate sites, this incredibally crafted wine begins with inviting aromas of ripe boysenberries and black cherries which are woven together with violets, freshly tilled soil, dark chocolate shavings, fresh sage and a dusty mineral character that all develop in the glass. On the palate this possesses a gorgeous full body that is well-structured with nicely polished tannins. It goes on to impress with its remarkable depth and concentration as flavors of dark berries, black cherries, spices and earthy minerals continue to resonate throughout the wine and leave a lasting impression on the finish. The 'Ontogeny' displays the most restraint and definition in this 2017 lineup, however it still possesses the signature style of Bevan. This is senstional today and should go on to age marveously for at least two decades.