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Austin Hope "Grenache" Paso Robles 2009

Member Review by Chris Carpita:

Beautiful awesome fruit aroma, full of blackberries. Yes, it inspires awe #obligatorybreakingbadreference. Well toasted oak to complement. Mouth is a little watery and flat though. Sort of a comatose chalkiness.

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Westside Red:
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

Member Reviews for Austin Hope "Grenache" Paso Robles

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Snooth User: Chris Carpita
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3.50 5
12/09/2011

Beautiful awesome fruit aroma, full of blackberries. Yes, it inspires awe #obligatorybreakingbadreference. Well toasted oak to complement. Mouth is a little watery and flat though. Sort of a comatose chalkiness.


External Reviews for Austin Hope "Grenache" Paso Robles

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Source: WineExpress.com
11/03/2011

Austin Hope runs is a small winery in California's Central Coast that's dedicated to producing high quality wines from Rhone varietals. The Hope Family Vineyard is located near the Templeton Gap in Paso Robles, the cool ocean air tempers the family estate vineyard which is planted with Syrah, Grenache, Mouvedre and others. Only a tiny amount of this 100% Grenache is produced (less than 600 cases), and it shows the care and focus these wines receive. Grenache is of course the grape variety most commonly found in Chateauneuf du Pape, here it delivers bright cherry and fig flavors along with spice, cocoa, pepper, licorice and nutty nuances, brought to life by a tingling backbone of acidity. It's aged 10 months in 100% French oak. The Wine Advocate scored it 90 points saying "The 2009 Grenache is an expressive, radiant wine graced with red fruit, rose petals, flowers and licorice. It reveals lovely inner perfume and sweetness, although some of the sheer juiciness of the fruit tapers off just a touch on the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017."



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