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Screen Shot 2014-08-26 at 6.07.23 PMI am not sure how much wine bottle shapes really matter but some feel really traditional to the bottles. Most of the time the varieties historically from Burgundy are put in those bottles that have a very narrow neck and no shoulders with a big bottle base. Most of the time the varieties from Bordeaux are bottled in what most Americans are used to. The bottle has about the same width and it has shoulders with a defined neck. A good infographic is here.

That brings me to the 2011 Treana Red from Paso Robles, which is presented in a bottle I have never seen. It has the same even width like a bottle of Bordeaux but has longer sloping shoulders. I did not see this bottle in that link above. This bottle is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Syrah. An interesting dual blend to say the least.

Oddly enough, on their website, there are no tasting notes because they are currently selling the 2010. This is a pretty pricey bottle at $45 on their website but the bottle shape make it feel more culture and maybe cheap. Wine.com does have winemaker’s notes:

“The Treana red blend is a full-throated, luxurious wine but one with finesse as well. “We walk the fine line all California winemakers walk,” says winemaker Austin Hope, “aiming for wine that’s not over the top, not all lushness, but with some grace and elegance.”

So how was this wine that Hope Family Wines calls their flagship?

Color – Deep Dark Red.

Nose – Leather, crushed black cherries and a little bit of smoke.

Taste – Red currant with wild blackberries, leather, and black pepper. Very complex wine.

Finish – Long with medium to low acid and big red tannins.

Overall, this wine is very very good. It is luxurious and had great velvet tones to it. It is fruit forward but complex. It is a very well balanced perfect sipping wine. I really can not say anything bad about this wine. And when you say that you give it only one type of rating.

Rating: A+