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Special Tasting Report: Trione Winery

A few month ago I got an email from Trione winery offering me a gift. Not just any gift – wine. Free wine. Words “free” and “wine” put together sound almost magical for the anyone who drinks wine daily (I refuse to take the calculator out – don’t ask). But the word “free” in the email usually means danger. After careful consideration, and actually looking at the winery web site, I decided that it was not a scam or phishing attempt, so I answered that I would be happy to get a free wine. The only caveat in the follow up response was that they can only ship wine to the limited number of states. Connecticut not included (of course). But New York was. And so my friend Emil became a recipient for the wine.

When Emil called me that he got the wine, he mentioned that the box looks very small. Well, okay – it is what it is – free wine, whatever the package is. And then some time later, the package made it to my house. A small black box, probably half of the shoebox in size. But there was actually wine inside. And this is how it looked like:

DSC_0137 Trione Tasting Set

Trione Winery, which I never heard of before, is a new venture of Trione family who was growing grapes in Sonoma for 35 years. Here is what you can read on the front page of their web site:

For over three decades, the Trione family has raised premium grapes that have been the foundation of many award-winning wines. Now we bring our grapes to you in wines bottled under our own label, Trione Vineyards & Winery. It is the culmination of our family’s long commitment to Sonoma County.”

Here are few more views for you (just trying to build up the anticipation here):

DSC_0143 Trione Tasting set bottles

DSC_0148 Bottles for size

Another interesting detail – it appears that this tasting set consisting of the tiny bottles is actually a concept called Tasting Room. While web site provide literally no information, the card enclosed with the package explained the concept:

DSC_0150 tasting Room concept

The wines are bottled in the small bottles using special technology which preserves all specifics of the wine, so it is exact same wine which will go into the regular bottles. The only exception – the wine in small bottles is not intended for aging (as you can imagine), so as the card says – drink up!

And with this, let me share my tasting notes. Well, not only mine – in majority of the cases we drink wine together with my wife, especially when we are looking at the interesting and unusual experience – so I’m including her tasting notes too.

2010 Trione Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc (14% ABV) – “Pear Grove” my wife said. Some fresh grass on the nose with a bit of grapefruit, but mostly earthy and herbaceous, Earthy and herbaceous on the palate as well, lots of residual acidity, but not “in-your-face”. Food friendly. Interesting. Drinkability: 7+

2010 Trione Russian River Valley Chardonnay(14.3% ABV)  – nice butter on the nose, vanilla. Nose is very promising, but palate is not good, very acidic, no fruit, kind of flat. I’m sure it needs time or at least different serving temperature, therefore it is not rated.

2008 Trione Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (14.2% ABV) – Nice nose of dark fruit, tobacco, touch of roasted meat flavor. Nice palate of dark fruit, raspberries, plums, tobacco, pencil and sage undertones. Good palate, good balance. Very good overall. Drinkability: 8-

2008 Trione Russian River Valley Syrah (14.8% ABV) – Wow color – very dark, intense, almost black. My wife’s notes were “oh, this is good” , “great potential”, “very promising” (disclaimer – my wife loves Syrah, probably her favorite wines). Dark roasted fruit, silky smooth, perfect balance, perfect acidity, cherries, earthy notes. Definitely very promising. Very good overall. Drinkability: 8-

2007 Trione Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (14.5% ABV) – absolutely beautiful nose – perfectly classic, with mint and blackcurrant – textbook flavors. Coffee showed up later on the nose. Wife’s notes: “overpowering , but very yummy”. Big, powerful, silky smooth, noticeable tannins – but excellent balance. Touch over-extracted on the palate, but only in terms of power, not sweetness. Needs time. Drinkability: 8

2007 Trione Alexander Valley Red Wine (14.5% ABV)  – Dark chocolate, coffee, blackberries on the palate, nice complexity. Beautiful, round and open fruit. Needs time. Drinkability: 8-

As you can see, it was a very enjoyable experience (it’s too bad that the bottles were that small) – next time you see Trione wine in the store, don’t just stand there, grab a bottle…

That concludes my special tasting report, folks. Until the next time (hopefully someone will send me good and free wine soon) – cheers!

Disclaimer: the wine was provided by Trione Vineyards and Winery free of charge. All opinions are my own.

  1. PSsquared
    March 19, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    How exciting to get wine in the mail! That never happens to me. 😉

    • talkavino
      March 19, 2013 at 11:46 pm

      Well, I get plenty of wine in the mail – but it is usually not free : )

  2. March 20, 2013 at 12:26 am

    So nice that they sent you free wine!! But judging from the picture, it looks like not only the white wines but also the red wines are closed with screw caps! That’s an absolute no-go… (at least for me)

    • talkavino
      March 20, 2013 at 12:29 am

      well, these are tiny 50 ml bottles – there is absolutely no way to close them with the cork. This is a special tasting set which is not supposed to be aged – the screw tops work just perfectly here, in my opinion.

  3. March 20, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Wine in small bottles for sample/tasting purposes . . . genius marketing concept. I love it! Salud!!

  4. March 20, 2013 at 9:14 am

    That’s a pretty interesting concept. I’ve never seen so small wine bottles before. But for sample purposes they seem to do a good job.
    Although I agree with Frank about red wine with a cork screw. All red wines that I tried that had a cork screw were pretty much undrinkable.

    • talkavino
      March 20, 2013 at 9:32 am

      Julian, I will be glad to prove you wrong regarding the screw-capped red wines which are not intended for the long aging – I just need to think how I can actually do it, unless you have any plans to be in New York area : )

      • March 20, 2013 at 9:47 am

        I’d love to uncork a wine with you!
        Bur unfortunately, my earliest plans to travel to the US are around spring/summer of 2014 😦
        I think I’m skeptical towards red wine closed with a screw cap because only 2€-5€ supermarket wines use them over here.

        • talkavino
          March 20, 2013 at 6:02 pm

          I can wait : ) When it comes to the wines in US, you can easily fine $40-$50 bottle of wine with the screw-cap on it. Screw-cap doesn’t mean at all that the wine is bad. My personal concern, outside of emotional attachment to the cork-pulling process, is if screwcapped wine will age properly… I think the jury is out on this, and will be for quite a while.

  5. March 20, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Nice surprise, Anatoli! And very nice review, good to know about Trione and their wines.
    Take care

    • talkavino
      March 20, 2013 at 9:48 pm

      Thank you, Stefano! The wines were definitely good, which was somewhat unexpected 🙂

  6. March 21, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    I like the concept too! I hope they email me too 🙂

    • talkavino
      March 21, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      Absolutely! I think providing such sample sets is a great way to get the message out.

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