A Possible Pour Wine Review: Troublemaker Red Blend 11

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By: Carol A. Wilcox   Photos by: Paul Wilcox

If you’re feeling a bit mischievous and want to try a fun wine to drink, Troublemaker might be just what you’re looking for. This Paso Robles red blend (received as a gift/14.5 alc.), has a lot going on with a bunch of flavors begging to be noticed all at once. Pour this wine into a glass and you’ll see an inky dark purple/red. Take a taste and you’ll have to concentrate because a lot comes at you at once. Smoked paprika, cherry, plum, dark chocolate and more all compete for your attention. This wine coats the mouth and lingers long with a smooth, semi dry and spicy finish.

Eat food with this wine and it starts to play with your sense of taste. Hard cheeses bring out the smokiness. Tomato sauce brings out the blackberry flavors. Dark chocolate enhances the coffee/chocolaty notes of the wine. Mischievous indeed. And complex.

The Troublemaker line of wines is the brainchild of Austin Hope, who apparently as a young boy was a troublemaker himself. Using Syrah as the cornerstone, Red Blend 11 is blended with Grenache, Petite Sirah, Mourvedre and Zinfandel.

This is a food friendly wine that can be served for a casual meal or get together. It’s interesting, versatile and easy to drink and will pair well with a variety of dishes. It’s available in most wine stores at price points from $14.00 to $18.00 a bottle.

Produced by Hope Family Wines, the Troublemaker line also includes a Rose and a Sauvignon Blanc Blend.


Troublemaker Wines

Paso Robles, CA

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