Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Weekly Wine Review - Paso Robles Red Blend - 2014 ONX Level 22

I have been a big fan of ONX wines in Paso Robles since I first tried them.  Their wine blends don't worry too much about sticking to the classic blends, they just take their grapes and put them into intriguing and delicious combinations.  This Level 22 wine was one I have not tried, and it does actually utilize grapes that you would find in a Southern Rhone blend.  Still taking an intriguing approach, Level 22 highlights Petite Sirah as the main grape where in Southern Rhone wines, Grenache typically takes the starring role.

Wine: 2014 ONX Level 22

Region: Paso Robles, California
Grape Varieties: Petite Sirah, Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache

Obtained from: Purchased at winery
Price: $54

Wino4Life Category: Weekend Wine

Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.

Cork Condition: Natural cork - no defects or issues.

Appearance: Beautiful dark purple.
Aroma: Stewed fruit, cranberry, mushroom, and cola
Taste: Big and fruity, smooth tannins, nicely balanced and a nice amount of acidity.

The Grade: I give this one an A. For my palate, ONX continues to deliver fantastic blends. Without the constraints of tradition, all their wines show such great blending skill. Over $50 is a lot to invest in a bottle of wine, but when you get delicious quality, the investment is worth it!  Cheers!