2012 Praetorian Red Wine
California: Paso Robles: Templeton Gap
Join us in celebrating the return of Onx Wines, an Operative favorite that was first featured here earlier this year. Back then, we declared that Onx wine to be the “best Paso blend we’ve ever tasted”. It was true then - but today’s wine is even better!
Today’s wine is a complex yet elegant blend of 55% Tempranillo, 22% Grenache, 14% Mourvèdre, 8% Malbec and 1% Alicante Bouschet. This wine is all about balance or, perhaps more accurately, juxtaposition. You see, this wine is at once bold and elegant. Powerful yet refined. Sublime yet elevated.
Powerful aromas leap from the glass, led by Spiced cherry, blackberry candy, blackberry bramble, blueberry, dark chocolate, Sassafras, cinnamon and black pepper. Full and ripe on the palate, with gorgeous flavors of blackberry jam, plum compote, bramble, cocoa, sasparilla, cinnamon, dried cranberry, lavender, braised fig and sweet cracked peppercorn.
We are proud to offer you this very impressive wine with our fullest recommendation.
“This blend of 55% Tempranillo, 22% Grenache, 14% Mourvèdre, 8% Malbec and 1% Alicante Bouschet is a good example of the intriguing blends made by this winery in the Templeton Gap area. An aroma of smoked game combines with tightly wound graphite and purple fruit scents, followed by a palate that blends cured meats with dried herbs and blackberries.” - 91 points - Matt Kettmann, 3/1/2015
Dark crimson at the core. Ruby red at the edges. Tall, slow-moving legs meander down the glass wall after a good swirl.
Spiced cherry, blackberry candy, blackberry bramble, blueberry, dark chocolate, Sassafras, cinnamon and black pepper.
Blackberry jam, plum compote, bramble, cocoa, sasparilla, cinnamon, dried cranberry, lavender, braised fig and sweet cracked peppercorn.
Soft, elegant and packed with flavor at first. Then plush tannins take hold, ushering in a supple, crushed velvet dryness that spreads across the palate.
Enjoy this stunning wine with charcuterie, or a spice-rubbed steak, grilled to perfection.
What the Winery Says
- Brian Brown
- Red Wine
- Tempranillo 55%
- Grenache 22%
- Mourvedre 14%
- Malbec 8%
- Alicante Bouschet 1%
- Paso Robles
- 4.9 g/L
- 14 months
- 45% new French oak puncheons and barriques
- 277 cases