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Four out of five 2012 reds garner 90+ points from ‘Wine Enthusiast’

ONX WinesONX Wines of Templeton started the new year on a high note thanks to four great scores from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. The boutique winery’s 2012 Mad Crush and 2012 Crux both scored 92 points, while ONX’s 2012 Reckoning received an impressive 93 points. The accolades are to be featured in the February, 2015 issue of the distinguished publication, out next month. In addition, ONX’s 2012 Praetorian, bestowed with 91 points, will be featured in the March, 2015 issue.

ONX Winemaker Brian Brown and entrepreneur Steve Olson aim to bend winemaking convention one vintage at a time. A discerning winemaker, Brown is particularly proud of the success surrounding the 2012 Reckoning, which was chosen as Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s Editor’s Choice. “Our 2012 Reckoning achieves the stylistic goals we strive for like no other vintage has before,” said Brown. “It packs the same hedonistic punch as previous vintages, but it does so with a grace and finesse that almost seems at odds with its inherent brawny nature.”

Unhindered by convention, ONX continually strives to express the personality of its dynamic Westside Templeton vineyard as well as the vintage from which each wine is born.

With a nod to the area’s deep-seated agricultural legacy and an eye for cutting-edge innovation, Olson and Brown come together to craft high-quality wines that bend perception and push the envelope. Exceptionally balanced and complex, their tribe of fiercely-independent cuvées burst with character and verve.

ONX Wines tasting notes

  • 2012 Reckoning 93 Points – Wine Enthusiast Editor’s Choice 92 Points – Wine Advocate 2012 Reckoning (Syrah 62%, Petite Sirah 16%, Tempranillo 8%, Grenache 7%, Zinfandel 5%, Malbec 2%) is a force, a trajectory. A cipher of understanding the complex language of Central Coast Syrah.
  • 2012 Mad Crush 92 Points – Wine Enthusiast Release Date: Spring 2015 2012 Mad Crush (Grenache 72%, Mourvèdre 16%, Tempranillo 10%, Alicante Bouschet 2%) reflects the winemaker’s infatuation with delicacy. The innocence of an ingénue; the bone structure of a star.
  • 2012 Crux 92 Points – Wine Enthusiast 2012 Crux (Grenache 51%, Syrah 26%, Mourvèdre 16%, Cabernet Sauvignon 7%) is a brute with an ear for opera. Sweet and brawny, this wine casts a large shadow but speaks soft volumes.
  • 2012 Praetorian 91 Points – Wine Enthusiast 2012 Praetorian (Tempranillo 55%, Greanche 22%, Mourvèdre 14%, Malbec 8%, Alicante Bouscet 1%) is layers upon layers. A riddle wrapped in an enigma. Dense and deft in equal measure.

About ONX Wines

ONX Wines in Templeton is now offering small-batch, exclusive tours designed to transcend the ordinary and expand the wine world’s collective consciousness. The boutique Westside winery and dynamic 122-acre vineyard is home to several distinct “ONX Oases” carved from the land—each a destination unto itself.

Private groups of no more than six guests are invited to tour the heart of the ONX Estate Vineyard, planted to a vast array of vibrant Italian, Spanish, Bordeaux and Rhone varieties. Visitors are invited to sink their boots into authentic wine country soil and immerse all five senses with abandon. Well-worn wood and the glint of antique silver make for a warm welcome at the ONX Tractor Shed, where each adventure begins.

A reverence for the land is evident along every step of the way, from the ONX Creekside Oasis—with its moss-laden oaks overlooking the Santa Rita Creek—to the Meadow Oasis, offering a cheerful picnic spot enlivened by rustic-chic accoutrements and fresh-cut flowers.

For those seeking a 360-degree view of the ONX Estate vineyard, the Oaks Oasis awaits. Hazy sunlight filtering through rows of Sauvignon Blanc and Tempranillo vines make for an experience matched only by ONX wines. Tours must be scheduled in advance. Please contact the winery for your own immersive ONX Wines experience.
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