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Leviathan 2018 California Red Wine
Leviathan 2018 California Red Wine

Leviathan 2018 California Red Wine

An intense mix of fresh boysenberry, black cherry and plum jump from the glass with cocoa powder, allspice and nutmeg. Its earthy elements of our rocky northern California hillsides include Bay Laurel, sage, cedar, dry red earth which speak to its origins. Supple and balanced tannins of this rich wine lead to a long savory finish with hints of graphite and star anise. It is approachable now and built to cellar.

Jeb Dunnuck - 94 Points
"Always a great value, the 2018 California Red Wine is a Bordeaux blend put together by Andy Erickson. The wine reveals a ruby/purple hue as well as complex notes of red and black fruits, green tobacco, cedary spice, and spring flowers. These all flow to a medium to full-bodied, elegant wine that offers good overall concentration, seamless tannins, and a great finish. Very much in the style of the 2018 vintage with its more streamlined, elegant style, it’s going to benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age (although it’s far from unapproachable today) and keep for a solid 10-12 years or more. This is one of the more age-worthy examples of this cuvée that I recall."

James Suckling - 93 Points
"Blackberry and asphalt aromas with some violets and rose petals. Medium to full body. Some carbon to the dark fruit. Tasty and delicious. Chewy now, but we like it already. Drinkable now, but will improve with age."

Vinous - 92 Points
"The 2018 Red Wine is a plump, juicy Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine to drink now and over the next handful of years. The 2018 is not quite as flamboyant as some other recent editions, but it packs plenty of punch. A rush of dark red/purplish fruit, crushed rocks, menthol, rose petal and spice build into the intense, layered finish. The 2018 can be enjoyed upon release, but it is at its best with an hour or two of aeration. Drinking window: 2021 - 2028."

Type

Red

Varietal

Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah

Vintage

2018

Bottle size

750mL

Alcohol content

14.9%

Appellation

California

Wine Advocate

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Jeb Dunnuck

94

James Suckling

93

Vinous

92

Hope Family Wines
The goal of Treana Red is to deliver, vintage after vintage, the best Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine in Paso Robles. Blended with Syrah for a complete, mouth-filling experience, our Treana Red is crafted to keep company with any wine from any region at any price point on the world stage.

The wine starts with the most promising lots from some of the best vineyards in Paso Robles—as many as eight vineyard sources make it to the final blend, enriching the sum of the parts. The fruit is harvested not based simply on its sugar content, but on the potential of its tannin structure to provide both drinkability and longevity. Grapes are picked in the cool of the morning, soaked on their skins after crushing, then allowed to develop into a long, slow fermentation utilizing naturally available yeast to enhance complexity. The wines are finished with cultivated yeast to ensure dryness and stability.
The elements that go into Treana Red are aged 10-14 months in French oak (50% new). In the summer after harvest, a trial blend of the best barrels of Cabernet and Syrah is created and then returned to barrel to marry the flavors—depth and power from the Cabernet and an inviting fleshiness from the Syrah. The wine comes back together in tank before bottling to complete the integration and allow for final fine-tuning.
The result is a wine somewhere between Napa and Bordeaux, 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.”
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