Treana Meritage Red 2003
The 2003 vintage of Treana Red displays a pronounced deep ruby color. Ripe, up-front aromas of cassis, briary black fruits and tobacco are complemented by elegant notes of toasted oak. Syrah adds subtle spice and leathery nuances to the blend. The tannins are well integrated and lend excellent structure. The mouthfeel is full with a seamless, silky texture that carries through the length of the wine.
The same trinity of elements that inspired the Hope family to move to Paso Robles nearly four decades ago was also the inspiration for their iconic label: Treana. Inspired by the warm, nurturing sun, the cool breezes of the sea, and the rich nutrients of the soil, Treana wines capture the unique essence of California’s Central Coast. By working closely with family farms, they source grapes that capture the truest varietal characteristics for their flagship brand. The care that goes into each bottle ensures an exceptional experience whether you choose to enjoy a bottle tonight or let it age for a special occasion.
Treana Red is a quintessential Paso Robles red, blended from Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, perfect varietals for the unique climate of Paso Robles. Treana Blanc showcases the flavors of the Rhône Valley with Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne, varietals that impart old-world flavor on a contemporary and New World wine. Treana Cabernet & Chardonnay are a tribute to the three men that mentored Austin in becoming the winemaker he is today.
The Treana label represents world-class wine made in a world-class wine region. The interplay of sun, soil, and sea is what makes the microclimates of California’s Central Coast so unique, and Treana wines so remarkable.
The largest and perhaps most varied of California’s wine-growing regions, the Central Coast produces a good majority of the state's wine. This vast district stretches from San Francisco all the way to Santa Barbara along the coast, and reaches inland nearly all the way to the Central Valley.
Encompassing an extremely diverse array of climates, soil types and wine styles, it contains many smaller sub-AVAs, including San Francisco Bay, Monterey, the Santa Cruz Mountains, Paso Robles, Edna Valley, Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley.
While the region could probably support almost any major grape varietiy, it is famous for a few. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel are among the major ones. The Central Coast is home to many of the state's small, artisanal wineries crafting unique, high-quality wines, as well as larger producers also making exceptional wines.
One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde River, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.
Tasting Notes for Bordeaux Blends
Bordeaux Blends are dry, red wines and generally have aromas and flavors of black currant, black cherry plum, graphite, cedar and violet. Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines, modeled after the Right Bank, are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure.
Perfect Food Pairings for Bordeaux Blends
Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb or smoked duck.
Sommelier Secrets for Bordeaux Blends
While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties in specified percentages, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include equal amounts of Cabernet Franc and Malbec, for example. Occassionally a winemaker might add a small percentage of a non-Bordeaux variety, such as Syrah or Petite Sirah for a desired result.