Troublemaker Blend 16 has an opaque purple color. The nose is
bursting with jammy boysenberry and blackberry, along with a fresh
hint of raspberry. These fruit aromas carry through to the palate and
are accentuated by underlying tones of peppercorns, dried tobacco
and roasted coffee. Velvety tannins and balancing acidity bring out
the vibrant fruit character of this complex blend.
The vineyards that we source for Troublemaker are located along the
Central Coast, with the majority grown in the Paso Robles AVA. The
region is primarily arid, like the Mediterranean, so the inland areas of
the Central Coast tend to average 14 inches of annual rain and have
mild to moderate weather throughout the growing season, which is
perfect for these red varietals to grow. Our summers are warm to hot
which slows berry development, keeping them small with a desirable
skin to juice ratio. We harvest from mid-September to late October.
Harvest months are typically warm and dry, aiding in fruit maturity.
Our growing season is long, aiding in pronounced and balanced
flavors and color.
The grapes were harvested, crushed, then cold-soaked prior to
fermentation in five-ton, open-top tanks, as well as and 20-60 ton
closed-top stainless steel tanks for 7 to 14 days. Wines were aged in
oak for an average of 20 months, depending on the vintage (2015 –
2021). All barrel aging was done in French and American oak barrels,
70% of which were new. Blend 16 was initially assembled in November
of 2022. The final blend was crossflow filtered prior to bottling in late
January of 2023.