Troublemaker Red 2009

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

50% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah Pencil shavings and wood spice, accompanied by a little heat, greet the nose followed by understated and earthy black fruits along with a sweet candied violet floral top note. This is big, black and a bit chewy in the mouth with fairly significant tannins covered by the rich fruit. not particularly my style of wine but I can see the appeal and have to admit to enjoying this for what it offers. There’s well integrated wood here, and while the acidity is not obvious there’s enough of it to keep this from imploding in the mouth allowing it to fill the mouth with rich, chewy , dark blueberry fruit that shows excellent persistence on the long slightly spicy and slightly hot finish. Big, bold but not aggressive, this is going to make many people happy. Serve it with BBQ beef ribs. 88pts

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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

Editorial Reviews for Troublemaker Red

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,976
3.50 5
Vintage: NV 07/17/2013

50% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah Pencil shavings and wood spice, accompanied by a little heat, greet the nose followed by understated and earthy black fruits along with a sweet candied violet floral top note. This is big, black and a bit chewy in the mouth with fairly significant tannins covered by the rich fruit. not particularly my style of wine but I can see the appeal and have to admit to enjoying this for what it offers. There’s well integrated wood here, and while the acidity is not obvious there’s enough of it to keep this from imploding in the mouth allowing it to fill the mouth with rich, chewy , dark blueberry fruit that shows excellent persistence on the long slightly spicy and slightly hot finish. Big, bold but not aggressive, this is going to make many people happy. Serve it with BBQ beef ribs. 88pts


Member Reviews for Troublemaker Red

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Snooth User: donealrice
932080237
2.50 5
07/23/2012

For my tastes, over dry. My husband and others in wine tasting raved and will likely be 5 starring.


Snooth User: skyblu
113211936
0.00 5
09/15/2012

Delicious red blend from Cali. It lives up to its name! If you love a troublemaker or if you are a troublemaker, this is a great wine for you! It can make you do devilish things....I know, because I've done them with this bottle in hand! LOL


Snooth User: jessicapants
130683292
3.00 5
08/09/2013

Three glasses


Snooth User: Austinista
951428724
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 10/30/2011

(recommended by the owner of Chris' Liquor on S. Lamar, who said he was extremely impressed by it. Good call!) Racy body, nice acid, balanced without the intrusive, adipose jam or oak distractions I've come to expect from CA. Tart red berries on the nose, (like unripe strawberries) with notes of cedar, caramel, cloves, and vanilla. What impresses me is that it's streamlined and sleek, yet multi-facted. And the grapes were sustainably grown- gotta love that! I'm going to bone up a bit on what's happening in Paso Robles now..


Snooth User: pamanseau
76974170
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 02/15/2011

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: BRUNOHOEPERS
1157885634
0.00 5
Vintage: NV 07/27/2013

$17.99


Snooth User: jensletten
127052521
5.00 5
Vintage: NV 05/23/2013

Five glasses


External Reviews for Troublemaker Red

External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
11/23/2012

Troublemaker is a Rhone inspired blend that combines elegance and power. Bright aromas of black cherry and licorice evolve into a stronger bouquet reminiscent of smoked meats. The wine shows amazing depth and intensity with a rich and textural mouthfeel. Complete with bright red fruit flavors along with hints of leather and cocoa, it is a well-balanced wine that culminates with an extended finish.


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
12/12/2014

Winemaker Austin Hope Wine is always thinking ahead and figuring out how he can make the best possible wines. With Troublemaker the answer was easy...choices! A blend of multiple varietals and three different vintages gave him the choices he needed to craft a superb drinking red. The majority of wine comes from 2012 vintage, with a remaining portion coming from 2011 and 2010. The younger wine brings forth a youthful vibrancy and freshness while the base vintage (2011) adds complexity and structure that completes the wine. 50% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Zinfadel and 10% Petit Sirah, it's a wine that really shows off the bounty of their vineyards in Paso Robles. The wine was aged in French oak barrels an average of about 14 months. It displays robust aromas of ripe black cherry, vanilla, nutmeg and tobacco. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel. Vibrant flavors of red berries and strawberry are layered with pepper, cocoa and anise. The trouble starts when you're trying real hard not to open that next bottle.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
02/18/2014

Inspired by varieties that flourish in Paso Robles and Californias Central Coast, Troublemaker is a truly distinct Paso blend consisting of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre,and Zinfandel. By using a multi-vintage approach, winemaker Austin Hope allows the wine to show uncanny complexity in its youth, yet rich and fruit-forward characteristics that make it ready upon release. With rich aromatics that display hints of smoke and violets, bright fruit on the palate and a long finish, Troublemaker shows amazing depth and structure. - Winery


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
12/24/2014

Inspired by varieties that flourish in Paso Robles and California's Central Coast, Troublemaker is a truly distinct Paso blend consisting of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre,and Zinfandel. By using a multi-vintage approach, winemaker Austin Hope allows the wine to show uncanny complexity in its youth, yet rich and fruit-forward characteristics that make it ready upon release. With rich aromatics that display hints of smoke and violets, bright fruit on the palate and a long finish, Troublemaker shows amazing depth and structure. - Winery


External Review
Source: Vines Wine and Spirits
Vintage: NV 11/27/2012

Troublemaker combines elegance and power. Bright aromas of black cherry and licorice evolve into a stronger bouquet reminiscent of smoked meats. The wine shows amazing depth and intensity with a rich and textural mouthfeel. Complete with bright red fruit


External Review
Vintage: NV 10/11/2012

Troublemaker combines elegance and power. Bright aromas of black cherry and licorice evolve into a stronger bouquet reminiscent of smoked meats. The wine shows amazing depth and intensity with a rich and textural mouthfeel.



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