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May 20, 2015 Wine Pick of the Week

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Treana Red 2013 bottle Picmonkey



2013 Treana Red


Hope Family Wines

Paso Robles

Alcohol: 14.5%

Suggested Retail: $45

“Unlike most California wines, this week’s Pick is not identified as a specific varietal—that is, named by the predominant grape of its composition, such as Pinot Noir, Zinfandel or Merlot. Treana is considered a proprietary name, an identity given it by its producer whose web site says it reflects three qualities of grapes grown in its Paso Robles area; warm sun, cooling ocean breezes and ‘rich nutrients of the soil.’

“Treana Red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, two grapes native to France—Bordeaux and the Rhône Valley specifically. Such a combination would never come out of France, but American winemakers aren’t bound by Gallic laws or traditions. The fact is, The Paso Robles growing area on California’s Central Coast produces very good quality grapes from both these wine varietals. Though Cab/Syrah blends are still fairly unusual in California, who’s to say it isn’t an appropriate combination?

Our featured wine provides qualities typical of wines from both these ordinarily separate definitions. We found blackberry and plum aspects to the nose—aromas frequently attributed to Cabernet. On the other hand, there were also some leathery, spicy notes that are typical of Syrah. In the mouth it is rich and full. There’s plenty of flavor there and the tannin is not too aggressive. There is ample complexity and a very big California personality. Lots of fruit and a finish that’s just a bit sweet, but Treana is in a style that will please many.”

Food Affinity: “Beef grilled over mesquite charcoal. Braised shortribs in a rich sauce that incorporates shallots and tomatoes.”

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