For lovers of the rich and ripe Paso Robles style, this is a high-value wine. Aromas of candied black cherry and vanilla pudding meet with roasted game and crushed gravel on the nose. Vanilla holds strong into the palate, where it blends with blueberry syrup and blackened caramel. Well-measured acidity and chalky tannins complete the experience.
We had the Treana 2014 Cabernet yesterday with good friends. Knowing the 94 rating, we were anticipating a superb wine. Instead we were very disappointed. The wine has strong flavors of red cherry, but overwhelming in this singular flavor. For a wine to be considered superb there should be an element of complexity. The Treana is straightforward in its simple flavors and lacks complexity.
A fifth generation Californian originally from San Jose, Matt Kettmann covers California’s Central Coast and South Coast for the magazine. He is also the senior editor of The Santa Barbara Independent, where he’s worked since 1999, has written for the New York Times, Time Magazine, Wine Spectator, and Smithsonian, and co-founded New Noise Santa Barbara, a music festival.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.