“I want a trouble-maker for a lover:
Blood spiller, blood drinker, a heart of flame,
Who quarrels with the sky, and fights with fate,
Who burns like fire on the rushing sea.”
Last week I participated in a wine tasting where we had the opportunity to chat live on Twitter with winemaker Austin Hope of @HopeFamilyWines from California’s Central Coast and makers of Treana, Liberty School, Austin Hope, Candor, and Troublemaker wines.
As part of a promotion for the Boston Wine Expo which celebrates wine, food, and culture from the greatest wine-growing regions of the world February 14-15, 2015 at the Seaport Hotel, Boston, MA. I was sent three wines for this tasting. Here are our thoughts on the B7 nad B8 TROUBLEMAKER.
Trouble Maker B7
A blend of 54% Syrah, 22% Grenache, 13% Mourvedre, 11% Zinfandel, we found this to be very juicy and fruity with blueberry, plum, cherry, fruity and black pepper on the finish–a mark of the syrah. Oaky on the nose with sweet vanilla. The oak gives this wine more structure and balance with all the fruit, making it more refined.
This wine, which I received as a sample, retails in the $25 range; if you can find the B7, grab it!
Trouble Maker B8
The Troublemaker B8 has less syrah and more zinfandel that the B7: 46% syrah, 25% zinfandel, 14% grenache, 10% mourvedre, 5% petit sirah. The nose is not as oaky or vanilla. This wine offers more complexity with bitter tobacco. Not a fruit bomb, but more of a party animal; this wine would goes well with BBQ, ribs, buffalo, BBQ chicken, and smoked foods. We loved it with mini-pizzas with smoked cheese and smoked mussels.
In general, we would describe the Troublemaker as complex but not difficult and definitely friendly. In fact, when you’re done, you might just find yourself getting into trouble on the carpet!