NV Troublemaker Blend 9 Red Wine
$20 (retail) Wine Club pricing reflected in receipt
Troublemaker is one of five brands produced by Hope Family Wines in Paso Robles, with roots there dating back to 1978. . .making this family one of the pioneers in viticulture in this burgeoning region. While focused purely on agriculture at the beginning (grapes and apples), the Hope family sold cabernet sauvignon fruit to Chuck Wagner (renown for Caymus Cabs) for his Liberty School label, which they purchased from him in 1995. Treana Winery was established a year later with red and white blends.
This family is a force in winemaking, and Troublemaker is one of its most widely distributed wines after being launched in 2010, the same year the Austin Hope Syrah was produced that made Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list in 2012 (93 points, #76). At Carpe Vino, we’ve also featured Hope Family’s Candor Zinfandel.
Winery Tasting Notes: “Troublemaker Blend 9 has a deep purple-black color. Bold fruit aromas of muddled blackberry and spicy raspberry combine with smoke, white pepper, clove, tobacco, leather and sweet brown baking spices. Troublemaker has a full juicy-fruit intensity on the palate with a smoky, toasted oak finish.”
Blend: 71% syrah, 16% grenache, 8% zinfandel, 3% petite sirah, 2% mourvedre
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