A Big, Brooding Treana

On the Thursday before Christmas, my boss unexpectedly announced that our office would be closed for the entire week between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, and as I had taken Friday, December 23rd off, I had 10 uninterrupted days off of work. Quickly, I formed ambitious plans for that week, most of which weren’t completed.  By halfway through the week, I pretty much gave up, and decided to relax and just enjoy the time.  That Wednesday, after a hard day of shopping for a dress for New Year’s Eve, I opened a bottle of red wine and sat down for a relaxing evening of reading A Storm of Swords, the third book the A Song of Ice and Fire series (Book 1 is Game of Thrones, for those of you who watch the HBO series or have read the books).

2008 Treana

2008 Treana

The 2008 Treana (winery) was a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grapes and had a dark ruby color.  On the nose, there were blackberries, plums, and pine needles mixed with a smoked beefiness and cedar.  In the mouth, there were blackberries, dark plums, cedar, and smoke.  The wine was full bodied with medium-to-high tannins and medium acidity.

Is this worth a glass after work? It’s worth more than one!  What are you waiting for? At $35, this wine is a little on the high end for an everyday glass of wine, but it is worth every penny. It’s a wine that would be great with food, although I enjoyed it alone.  It has great balance and a lingering , smooth finish.  It’s a big, brooding wine that was perfect for the big, brooding book I was reading.

The first time I had a Treana, it was actually the white blend and I tasted it at Willow Restaurant’s Rhone Ranger event.  I loved the wine, so when I saw that a pair of the Treana Red and Treana White were being sold on Lot 18, I took the risk of not being familiar with the red and jumped at the chance to buy them…and I’m so glad I did.   As much as I enjoyed the Treana White (which I will review in the near future), the Treana Red is out of this world.  If you see a bottle, run, don’t walk to the checkout with it in your hand!

Price: $35
Purchased at Lot18
Overall: 4.5 Corks

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