Ontogeny! In 2015, the Ontogeny blend has more Tench Cabernet as its major component than ever before. This ratcheted up the red fruit profile and the aromatics. Like all of the Tench wines, this is fruit driven, but the Cabernet Franc and Merlot deliver hints of Cigar and Dark Chocolate. Powerful, but Graceful.
There are 1,200 cases of the 2015 Ontogeny and it’s 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot and the balance Cabernet Franc. Its deep purple color is followed by a gorgeously pure bouquet of black and blue fruits, crushed flowers (violets, lilies), lead pencil shavings, and damp earth. Deep, full-bodied, layered and multi-dimensional on the palate, with incredible purity of fruit and a seamlessness that's hard to describe, it's a gorgeous wine that's fabulous today, yet will keep for two decades or more.
The 2015 Ontogeny Red Wine is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Petit Verdot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple in color, it needs a little swirling and coaxing to unlock a profound nose of blackcurrant cordial, blueberry pie and Christmas pudding with nuances of Indian spices, smoked meats and fertile loam. The palate is full-bodied, rich and seductive with beautifully plush tannins and a lively backbone, finishing long and spicy. This is just plain delicious!