Thursday, June 18, 2015

Weekly Wine Review - California Red Blend - 2012 ONX Reckoning

The folks at ONX (pronounced onyx) make some of my favorite Paso Robles wines, and actually some of my favorite wines period.  I very much appreciate their approach to focusing on creating the best blends they can, and don't pay much attention to varieties that are typically blended together (or wines that typically aren't used much in blends at all).  Take their wine Reckoning for example - which includes Rhone varietals Syrah and Grenache, Tempranillo which is typically the lead grape in Spanish wines such as Rioja and Ribera del Duero, Zinfandel which also normally plays the lead role, Petite Sirah which is sometimes added to a Zinfandel to provide additional acid and tannins, and Malbec which plays the starring role in South America, but is a minor blending partner in Bordeaux wines.  Forget the rules! Just make great wine... I love it!!!  
Wine: 2012 ONX Reckoning
Region: Paso Robles, California
Grape Varieties: Syrah, Petite Sirah, Tempranillo, Grenache, Zinfandel, Malbec

Obtained from: Purchased from Winery
Price: $45
Wino4Life Category: Weekend Wine

Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.
Cork Condition: Natural cork - no defects or issues.

Appearance: Clear, deep dark purple with a pink/red rim.
Aroma: Lot of great fruit - blackberries and black cherries, plus a very nice earthiness and baking spices.
Taste: Big with lots of fruit, but not overbearing.  Great acidity and nice balance. Very drinkable, but easily able to age for quite a few years (mine never last that long!).

The Grade: I give this one an A. These wines are not cheap, but if you're going to spend more for a nice "Weekend Wine" or special occasion, make sure you are getting the most for your money.  You can taste the care that went into creating this blend, and the results are  really stellar. You may need to join their wine club to get your hands on some - but I recommend it very highly. 

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