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This is a widely available, nonvintage blend of 54% Syrah, 15% Petite Syrah, 14% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre and 7% Zinfandel. Aromas of cara-melized black fruit, oak and black pepper lead into an extremely rich palate that's loaded with vanilla, caramel, fudge and black cherry. - Mark Kettman May 2019
"A Rhone-inspired blend, Troublemaker is a unique wine made by Austin Hope. Made with Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Petite Sirah, it is made with 100% Paso Robles fruit. By using a multi-vintage approach, Austin allows the wine to show uncanny complexity in its youth, yet rich and fruit-forward characteristics. With bright aromatics that evoke thoughts of smoked meat, the wine shows amazing depth and structure, bright fruit and a long finish."
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The Hope family has been farming in Paso Robles for more than 30 years. When they arrived in this barely-discovered region, they planted apples and grapes. Little did they know that the rolling, oak-studded terrain of Paso Robles would one day become viticultural terroir of significance and one of the top winegrowing regions for quality red wine within the Central Coast.
Gone are the apple orchards. Today, the Hopes cultivate mature vineyards of the varieties best suited to their area including Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Mourvedre and Grenache. Vine density has increased and each vine is asked to produce very little fruit. The terroir of this domain expresses itself in its unique regional character. Regardless of the varieties planted, the expression of Paso Robles is displayed in the glass with spice, licorice and berry in the nose, soft textures and silky tannins on the palate.