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Onix Priorat Classic 2005

November 9, 2007

90193l.jpg ~$12US 50% Garnacha / 50% Carinena, Priorat, Spain

Deep Purple color – a touch lighter than I expected. Nose was somewhat restrained – cranberries, black cherry, and plum. Refined on the palate, for a $12 wine…actually quite elegant, with firm tannins, balanced fruit (no oak-monster here!) and a surprising peak of acidity, giving it a touch of lift on the midpalate. Cranberry flavors up-front, with some tobacco and earthiness towards the finish. Medium bodied. After some air-time, the tannins smoothed out and it became a downright perfect partner to the local gourmet pizza (Dewey’s). Good work, Onix.

Overall, not the most complex wine in the world – but elegant in it’s simplicity. A strong effort and an excellent everyday drinker, without the flaws of so many in this price range can be pitfalled by (over-oaked, over-fruited, thin, flabby). Balanced. If this is the value wine from the Priorat, I can’t wait to try the big-dogs.

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