Troublemaker Blend 11 has an opaque purple-black colour and is bursting with jammy black fruits like boysenberry and blackberry, along with spicy raspberry notes. The juicy fruits are accentuated by underlying tones of smoke, pink peppercorns, green tobacco leaves, dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Velvety tannins and balancing acidity bring out the vibrant fruit character of this complex blend.
Comprised of varietals that flourish in Paso Robles' distinct grower region, Troublemaker consists of Syrah, Grenache, Petite Syrah, Mourvèdre and Zinfandel. Syrah is the backbone of the wine, setting the stage for a fruit-forward style and a full body. Petite Syrah contributes to the deep ruby colour. Sweet and bright red fruit flavours of Grenache blend with the rustic and lively flavours of the Mourvèdre, while Zinfandel adds its signature zing to round out the blend.
The grapes for Troublemaker are sourced from key vineyard sites throughout the Central Coast, adding to the complexity of the blend. The warm climate of Paso Robles - specifically El Pomar, Estrella and Templeton Gap districts add body and depth to the wine, while other Central Coast vineyard sites were chosen for their unique characteristics, ultimately leading to a more complex blend.
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 are aged in oak for a minimum of 14 months and a maximum of 26 months, depending on vintage. All barrel ageing was done in French and American oak barrels, 30% of which were new. Blend 11 was first assembled in January 2017 and was cross-flow filtered prior to bottling in late April 2017.