Trione on the Go

You may have noticed that I didn’t post anything on Stay Rad last week.

That’s because I was stuck in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico…

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What a bummer.

Anyways…

I still had two Tasting Room samples left from Trione.  Since they were only 50 ml each, and small enough to bring through airport security, I decided to take them along for the ride.

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Liquids. Zip Lock Bags. We must be flying.

I was thinking about tasting the wines on the plane, but I’ve read enough articles (like this one) about the adverse effects of altitude and low humidity to know that it wouldn’t be fair to review them from 35,000 feet above sea level.  Instead, I decided to borrow some coffee cups and taste these wines during our layover in Los Angeles.

First up…

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Trione 2007 Block 21 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2007 Block 21 Cabernet Sauvignon comes from Trione’s Cloverdale Ranch.  It’s got 10% Merlot from the Geyserville Ranch, and 2.5% each of Petit Verdot and Malbec from the Cloverdale Ranch as well.  It costs 64 bucks.

Color: Red.  It’s tough to tell.  It’s in a coffee cup.

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See?

Nose: It’s got that good chalkiness on the nose that I love in a good Cabernet Sauvignon.  There’s a concentrated plumminess, as well.

Taste: There’s a bright burst of acid on this wine from beginning to end.  It’s loaded with cranberry and plum fruits.  Good, chalky tannins, and some nice, tobacco leaf flavors on the finish.

Score: This wine is really good.  I like it a lot.  91.

Up next…

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Trione 2007 Alexander Valley Red Wine

The 2007 Red Wine is mostly made of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.  It costs $48.

Color: Red.  Like I said.  It was in a coffee cup.

Nose: Pretty tight, but there is a hint of dark plums on this one.

Taste: Bright orange zest and cranberries.  It’s got a nice peppery finish.

Score: Although good, it probably would have shown better if tasted before the Cabernet.  Not anywhere near as big in style as the previous wine, but still tasty.  I’m giving it a solid 89, and telling you to seek out the Block 21 Cabernet Sauvignon instead.

Adios… And Stay Rad,

Jeff

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