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Austin Hope Grenache 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

Grapes were fermented in five-ton, open top tanks. After fermentation, the wine was aged 11 months on its lees, in 70% new French oak barrels from a variety of coopers including Seguin Moreau, Francois Freres and Remond. The remainder was aged in 1-2 year old French oak barrels. The Grenache was racked only once, just prior to bottling. It is 100% unfiltered.

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The Hope family planted wine-grapes in Paso Robles in 1978. They were among a handful of pioneering families who helped to shape and gain recognition for this distinctive winegrowing region. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc were the varieties first planted by the Hopes. They worked with terrains in distinctly different vineyard sites both east and west of the Salinas ... Read more
The Hope family planted wine-grapes in Paso Robles in 1978. They were among a handful of pioneering families who helped to shape and gain recognition for this distinctive winegrowing region. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc were the varieties first planted by the Hopes. They worked with terrains in distinctly different vineyard sites both east and west of the Salinas River. Initially, demand for their grapes came primarily from wineries outside of Paso Robles, including Napa Valley. In the early 90’s, the family began producing estate wines under the Hope Family Farms label. At this time, they focused their farming efforts to better suit the Paso Robles terroir and eliminated their white grape plantings entirely. Instead, they opted to source Chardonnay and white Rhone varieties from the cooler climates of Monterey County. It had become abundantly clear to them that Paso Robles was capable of producing bold red wines that could compete in the international arena. The Hopes established Treana Winery in 1996. Today, third-generation farmer Austin Hope is at the helm as director of winemaking and viticulture for the 15,000-case brand. He remains uncompromising in his pursuit of wines of exceptional quality that specifically reflect their growing regions. His 2003 Treana Red, a Cabernet Sauvignon-based, proprietary blend from Paso Robles, was recognized by Decanter magazine as the top red blend in North America. Treana White, a blend of Viognier and Marsanne sourced from the Mer Soleil Vineyard of the Santa Lucia Highlands region, continues to gain critical acclaim from chefs, sommeliers and wine media internationally. The wines are distributed in all 50 states nationally, and in Canada, Germany and Japan. Read less

Tasting Notes:

2005 is the first release of Grenache from the Austin Hope Winery. The aromas of wild strawberry are bright, but soft, with hints of cedar, rose petal, camphor, and earthy, truffle-like notes. Ripe berry leads to soft cocoa on the mid-palate with a chalky, seamless texture of well-integrated tannins that offer a long and elegant finish.

Grapes were fermented in five-ton, open top tanks. After fermentation, the wine was aged 11 months on its lees, in 70% new French oak barrels from a variety of coopers including Seguin Moreau, Francois Freres and Remond. The remainder was aged in 1-2 year old French oak barrels. The Grenache was racked only once, just prior to bottling. It is 100% unfiltered.

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