Paso Robles’ Hope Family Wines has several wines in its cache: Liberty School, Cando, Troublemaker, Hope and Treana. This wouldn’t be the first time I’ve tried Treana, but it would be the first for me to try three from their newly released 2013 vintage. Check it out:
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2013 Chardonnay, Central Coast
100% Chardonnay, 14.5% alcohol
14k gold color, followed by a nose full of orange zest, tangerine, lemon preserves and lightly toasted oak; on the mouth I got orange slices, mango, lemon, white pepper, rye toast, with low acid and a medium finish. Would be nice with grilled halibut in a lemon pepper sauce, or cooked on a cedar plank. 87 Eve pts.
2013 White Wine, Central Coast
50% Marsanne, 50% Viognier, 14.5% alcohol
The color of a pale yellow rose with aromas that reminded me of pears, peaches, honey and hard lemon candy; flavors of pears in light syrup, peach, green apple, with medium acid and a rich viscosity. Would pair well with a fatty/oily fish, hard cheeses or a fruit tart. 88 Eve pts.
2013 Treana Red, Paso Robles
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Syrah, 15% alcohol
Dark blackberry-colored and full aromas of that same blackberry followed in quick procession by cigar smoke, black licorice, black olive, stems and dust; silky, dusty, peppery, blackberry jam held together with firm tannins. Try it with filet and grilled mushrooms, BBQ ribs, a meat lover’s pizza and German chocolate cake. 89 Eve pts.
About the Hope Family
The Hope family has been farming in Paso Robles for more than 30 years. When they arrived in this barely discovered region, they planted apples and grapes. Little did they know that the rolling, oak-studded terrain of Paso Robles would one day become viticultural terroir of significance and one of the top winegrowing regions for quality red wine within the Central Coast.
Gone are the apple orchards. Today, the Hopes cultivate mature vineyards of the varieties best suited to their area including Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Mourvedre and Grenache. Vine density has increased and each vine is asked to produce very little fruit. The terroir of this domain expresses itself in its unique regional character. Regardless of the varieties planted, the expression of Paso Robles is displayed in the glass with spice, licorice and berry in the nose, soft textures and silky tannins on the palate.
Eve Bushman has been reading, writing, taking coursework and tasting wine for over 20 years. She has obtained a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, has been the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video, authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and recently served as a guest judge for the L.A. International Wine Competition. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits that may be answered in a future column. You can also seek her marketing advice via Eve@EveBushmanConsulting.com