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).
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!
Purchased at Lot18
Overall: 4.5 Corks