Travieso tasting

Our first event for Spring term was a tasting with my favorite local winery, Travieso. I was delighted that winemaker Ray Sliter has agreed to visit us and share with us some winemaking stories and wonderful wine. We tasted six wines: a white blend and five red wines. Brief tasting notes (mine, with some additions that came up in the discussion): La Llorona, 43% Viognier, 43% Chardonnay, 14% Rousanne, deep gold, youthful nose, creamy, lemon, green apple, mineral, pineapple, vanilla. El Tonto, 100% Grenache, clear ruby, bright acidity, rose, strawberry, raspberry, licorice and hints of walnut. El Chupacabras, 64% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 7% Mourvedre, 4% Viognier, deep ruby, dusty, black currant, blueberry, black cherry, vanilla, licorice, black pepper. The Other Program, 100% Sangiovese, deep ruby, smokey, earthy, blackberry, blueberry, vanilla, hints of asparagus (in a good way). El Rey, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, dark ruby, juicy acidity, green bell pepper, black currant, blackberry, vanilla, graphite, cedar, long smooth finish. Amaranta, 100% Syrah, inky, powerful nose, blackberry, spice (sage, mint, licorice), floral hint, mild tobacco.

I love all Travieso wines. These are big wines, with great balance and complexity. Great to drink now with excellent aging potential. I am not at all surprised that Robert Parker wrote "A total hedonistic as well as intellectual turn-on." I feel the same way. Every single wine we tasted was impressive, and they were all impressive in different ways.

Like the wine, every visit to the Travieso tasting room in Campbell (so close!) is a "hedonistic as well as intellectual turn-on". The people, the hospitality, the excellent wine, and the many fun and interesting other visitors I always meet there. Many thanks to Ray for coming, and I highly recommended visiting Travieso!