Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, by Josh Raynolds – Oct/Nov, 2011

Treana Red 2009
(70% cabernet sauvignon and 30% syrah):  Deep ruby.  Intense aromas of cherry-cola, woodsmoke and dried flowers, accented by peppery spice.  Juicy and focused, with very good clarity to its bitter cherry and blackcurrant flavors.  Shows impressive vivacity on the finish, which clings with serious spicy tenacity.
91 points

Treana White 2009
(a 50/50 blend of marsanne and viognier):  Light gold.  Lemon pith, dried pear, peach and a hint of oak spice on the oily, fragrant nose.  Ripe, round and generous but with good energy to the flavors of dried pit fruits, candied lemon and marzipan.  Sappy, deeply pitched and rich, with very good finishing volume and persistence.  This big boy could handle the richest, most buttery poultry or fish dishes. 
90 points

Austin Hope Grenache 2009
Hope Family Vineyard, Paso Robles
Deep ruby-red.  Highly perfumed aromas of raspberry, cherry compote and spicecake, lifted by fresh rose and Asian spices.  Round, velvety and suave, with sappy red berry flavors and a sweet floral pastille quality.  Finishes with lush, fine-grained tannins and impressive length and grip. 
91 points

Austin Hope Syrah 2009
Hope Family Vineyard, Paso Robles
Inky purple.  An explosively perfumed bouquet displays black and blue fruits, incense and smoky vanillin oak.  Lush and expansive, with palate-staining blackcurrant and blueberry flavors lifted by tangy acidity.  Fine-grained tannins gain power with air and add grip to the long, smoky, spice-accented finish.  This is really young still.
90 points

Troublemaker, Blend 2
Paso Robles
(73% syrah, 12% grenache, 8% petite sirah and 7% mourvedre, from the 2009 and 2008 vintages):  Deep ruby.  Aromas of blueberry, licorice and cherry-cola.  Juicy, pliant and sweet, with moderate depth to its black and blue fruit flavors.  The licorice note carries through the slightly bitter finish, which features fine-grained tannins and lingering smokiness.
87 points

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