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Reckoning

  • 2016

    • Wine Enthusiast, 95

    • Jeb Dunnuck, 94

      "The saturated purple-hued 2016 Reckoning checks in as 58% Syrah, 18% Malbec, 10% Grenache, 9% Mourvèdre, and the rest Petite Sirah and Viognier. Blackberries, smoked herbs, bacon fat, and some green olive notes all emerge from this beautifully layered, silky, concentrated effort that has no hard edges, sweet tannins, and a great, great finish. It’s one of the gems in the lineup and should easily keep for 7-8 years."

  • 2015

    • Wine Enthusiast, 96
      "A booming but expertly balanced wine, this blend of 54% Syrah, 18% Petite Sirah, 18% Zinfandel and 10% Grenache shows aromas of black currant, black olive, black cherry, sweet woody spice and powdered hot cocoa. Elegant mocha and cappuccino notes thrive on the palate, which is brightened by penetrating acidity. It boasts perfectly polished tannins and ripe fig flavors, with a flash of dark chocolate on the finish."

  • 2014

    • Wine Enthusiast, 94 Editor's Choice
      "ONX's current releases are quite delicious and complex. This rich, multi-layered blend of 63% Syrah, 21% Malbec, 11% Grenache and 5% Petite Sirah shows blackened plum, blueberry, soy, porcini mushroom and pepper notes on the nose. On the palate, blackberry, charred lamb and rosemary flavors are the story, framed by upright structure and powerful acidity."

    • Vinous, 92

    • Wine Spectator, 92

    • Wine Advocate, 91

  • 2013

    • Wine Enthusiast, 93

    • Wine Advocate, 92

    • Vinous, 91

  • 2012 

    • Wine Enthusiast, 93

    • Wine Advocate, 92

    • Wine Spectator, 92

    • Vinous, 90

  • 2011

    • Stephen Tanzer, 90

    • Wine Spectator, 90

  • 2010

    • Wine Spectator, 92


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Fiery Nights

  • 2016

    • Jeb Dunnuck, 94
      "One of the standouts in the lineup is the 2016 Syrah Fiery Nights, which was co-fermented with 5% Viognier and aged 19 months in 50% new 500-liter barrels. It boasts a rocking bouquet of gamy meats, bacon fat, mulled dark fruits, and tapenade. This inky colored effort has beautiful purity of fruit, good acidity, and ripe tannins, all making for a brilliant Paso Robles Syrah that’s going to drink nicely for at least 7-8 years."


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Noble Intrigue

  • 2016

    • Jeb Dunnuck, 95

      “A completely different beast, the 2016 Syrah Noble Intrigue comes all from the Bien Nacido Vineyard outside of Santa Maria and was brought up in 50% new French oak barrels. It has a spectacular bouquet of blackberry and cassis fruits intermixed with notes of olive tapenade, salty minerality, and subtle oak. It’s young and unevolved but just loaded with potential.”


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Caliber

  • 2016

    • Jeb Dunnuck, 91

      "A blend of 55% Malbec and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2016 Caliber sports a deep purple color as well as textbook Malbec blue fruits, sappy herbs, mint, and spring flowers. With excellent purity of fruit, a fresh, lively texture, and outstanding balance, it should drink nicely through 2026, if not longer."

  • 2015

    • Wine Enthusiast, 91
      "This blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon and 43% Malbec begins with a very smooth nose of baked plums, toasted bread, coffee, vanilla and barbecue char. The palate is approachable and easy to enjoy, with flavors of black cherry, milk chocolate and baking spice. Both the tannins and acidity are low and hiding in the background."

    • Jeb Dunnuck, 91

  • 2014

    • Wine Enthusiast, 94
      "This power-packed blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Malbec offers super ripe cassis, fudge, vanilla bean and burnt coffee aromas. That coffee element carries over to the lush and softly structured palate, melding with blueberry, caramel and pork fat flavors, a meaty spice note adding to the deliciousness."

    • Wine Advocate, 90


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Black Orchid

  • 2016

    • Jeb Dunnuck, 91

      "Checking in as all Petite Sirah, the 2016 Black Orchid is another saturated purple-colored effort that has medium to full body, a straight, focused texture, terrific purity, and outstanding notes of blackberry and cassis fruits, toasted spice, graphite, and ground pepper. It’s a touch straightforward, yet I love its purity of fruit as well as its texture."

  • 2014

    • Wine Enthusiast, 92 Editor's Choice
      "For a variety that's typically plush and jammy, this is a very savory spin. Charred fruit aromas interweave with oregano, leather and maduro cigar on the nose. Sandalwood, coffee and roast beef flavors arise on the palate, where a core of blueberry fruit is wrapped in polished tannins."

    • Wine Advocate, 91

    • Vinous, 90

  • 2013

    • Wine Enthusiast, 92


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Crux

  • 2015

    • Wine Enthusiast, 92
      "Deep and lavish aromas of baked black currant, caramel, condensed violets and fudge get a licorice lift on the nose of this blend of 41% Syrah, 41% Grenache and 18% Mourvèdre. It’s fairly nimble on the palate given the bombastic nose, with balanced flavors of blackberry, vanilla and orange zest proving quite the crowd-pleaser."

  • 2014

    • Wine Enthusiast, 92
      "Dark purple fruit is upstaged by the strong umami character on the nose of this blend of 41% Syrah, 32% Mourvèdre and 27% Grenache, reminiscent of soy, shiitake mushroom and beef jerky. There is a rustic and gamy quality to the dark berry-laced palate, with meat, leather and spice qualities, lifted by a touch of licorice."

    • Vinous, 91

    • Wine Advocate, 90

  • 2013

    • Vinous, 91

    • Wine Advocate, 90

  • 2012

    • Wine Enthusiast, 92

    • Purely Domestic Wine Report, 92

    • Wine Advocate, 91

  • 2011

    • Wine Enthusiast, 92


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Field Day

  • 2011

    • Wine Enthusiast, 91


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Indie

  • 2016

    • Wine Enthusiast, 91
      "This is a well-rounded rosé that is bound to disappear quickly from the table, with aromas of strawberry, bubble gum and peach riding a rainy-day springtime freshness on the nose. The palate explodes with acidity and textural grip, carrying both ripeness to satisfy New World fans and the deft tactile experience of Old World selections."

  • 2014

    • Wine Advocate, 90


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Level 22

  • 2016

    • Jeb Dunnuck, 93
      "A Northern Rhône lookalike, the 2016 Level 22 (49% Syrah, 35% Mourvèdre, and 16% Petite Sirah) offers a deep, black-fruited style as well as terrific notes of smoked meats, beef blood, and leafy herbs. Rich and full-bodied, with good acidity and a great finish, it’s another character-filled wine from this estate well worth your time and money."

    • Wine Enthusiast, 91

  • 2015

    • Wine Advocate, 93+
      "A blend of 55% Syrah, 28% Mourvèdre, 15% Petite Sirah and 2% Viognier, the 2015 Level 22 sports a deep garnet-purple color and has a vibrant nose of crushed black berries and black currants with suggestions of licorice, mocha, rose hip tea and fertile loam. Full-bodied, richly fruited and featuring plenty of youthful black berry and spicy layers, it has a firm, grainy backbone and seamless freshness, finishing long."

    • Wine Enthusiast, 93

    • Jeb Dunnuck, 93

  • 2014

    • Wine Advocate, 91
      "The 2014 Level 22 is a seriously good red that's made from an eclectic mix of 45% Petite Sirah, 33% Syrah, 12% Mourvedre and 10% Grenache. Full-bodied, elegant, layered and with fabulous polish to its tannin, it delivers tons of richness in its cassis, tobacco leaf, olive and wild herb aromas and flavors. Aged 18-19 months in French oak puncheons, there are just under 500 cases of this beauty to go around, but it's well worth checking out."

    • Wine Enthusiast, 91

    • Vinous, 90


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Mad Crush

  • 2016

    • Wine Enthusiast, 93

    • Jeb Dunnuck, 93
      "The 2016 Mad Crush is 36% Grenache, 32% Tempranillo, and 32% Mourvèdre that was brought up in 20% new 500-liter barrels. This medium ruby-colored effort offers terrific notes of kirsch, melted licorice, roasted herbs, and hints of chocolate. With a rich, powerful, sexy profile, sweet tannins, and tons of charm, it’s ideal for drinking over the coming 6-7 years."

  • 2015

    • Wine Advocate, 92
      "Composed of 38% Grenache, 37% Tempranillo and 25% Mourvèdre, the 2015 Mad Crush has a pale to medium ruby-purple color and nose of kirsch, red currants and roses plus suggestions of baking spices, lavender and garrigue. Medium to full-bodied, velvety, rich and voluptuous, this is a full-on plush, opulent beauty delivering tons of gregarious fruit and lingering spicy notes."

    • Wine Enthusiast, 90

  • 2014

    • Wine Advocate, 91
      "Another beauty is the 2014 Mad Crush. It's a perfumed, Grenache-dominated blend (there's 19% Tempranillo, 18% Malbec and smaller amounts of Mourvedre and Zinfandel) that exhibits classic notes of kirsch, truffle, olives, spice and sweet black cherries on the nose. Textured, pure, layered and downright sexy, it's a joy to drink, and I see no need to delay gratification either."

    • Wine Enthusiast, 90

    • Vinous, 90

  • 2013

    • Wine Enthusiast, 91

    • Vinous, 91

  • 2012

    • Purely Domestic Wine Report, 93

    • Wine Enthusiast, 92

    • Vinous, 90

  • 2011

    • Wine Enthusiast, 92

  • 2010

    • Wine Spectator, 91


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Praetorian

  • 2016

    • Jeb Dunnuck, 92
      "The Tempranillo-dominated 2016 Praetorian (there’s 29% Mourvèdre and 13% Malbec) is another outstanding wine and offers lots of red and black fruits, cured meat, spice, and hints of blood orange aromas and flavors. With medium to full body, a fresh, elegant texture, and terrific balance, drink this total charmer over the coming 6-7 years as well."

  • 2015

    • Wine Enthusiast, 94
      "Blackberry syrup, vanilla, mocha and a flash of mint are cut by a rocky edge on the nose of this blend of 58% Tempranillo, 21% Grenache and 21% Malbec. Extremely soft and welcoming tannins meet with solid acidity on the palate, where rich black fruit, hoisin sauce and Chinese fivespice flavors arise."

  • 2013

    • Vinous, 91

    • Wine Advocate, 90

    • Wine Enthusiast, 90

  • 2012

    • Wine Enthusiast, 91

    • Purely Domestic Wine Report, 91

    • Vinous, 90

  • 2011

    • Wine Enthusiast, 93

    • Stephen Tanzer, 90

  • 2010

    • Wine Enthusiast, 91


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Brash

  • 2014

    • Wine Advocate, 90
      "Offering more spice, toasty notes, cigar wrapper and black raspberry-style fruit, the 2014 Brash (47% Zinfandel, 19% Malbec, 17% Petite Sirah and the rest Syrah) is an outstanding blend that has a sexy, full-bodied, spice-driven and layered style that's hard to resist. Drink it over the coming 4-6 years or so. Winemaker Brian Brown makes a huge number of eclectic blends from Paso Robles, with incredible success. "

    • Wine Enthusiast, 90


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Indie Noir

  • 2016

    • Wine Enthusiast, Editor's Choice
      "This bottling offers much of the richness and fruit-forward character of Paso Robles. Accessible aromas of black cherry, vanilla ice cream, black-currant juice and licorice lead into a juicy palate. It's very likable and hedonistic."