Dec 052013
2009 Trione Vineyards & Winery Geyerville Ranch Red Wine, Alexander Valley Appellation,  CA, $48 (S) – Rating 92

This classic Bordeaux blend of 69% Cabernet, 12% Merlot, 7% Petite Verdot, 6 % Malbec and 6% Cab Franc is elegantly powerful with a delicious balance of fruit, acidity and jaminess. Decant for 30-45 minutes for full flavor development. Enticingly rich nose with abundant aromas of ripe dark fruit, spice and blueberry with notes of dark chocolate and espresso. Soft yet apparent tannins with layered flavors of dark cherry, plum brown spice and blueberry. Notes of espresso in the long finish. Buy This Wine

Apr 162013
2009 Trione Vineyards & Winery River Road Ranch Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, CA, $25 (S) – Rating 90

A beautiful nose of red apple, ripe pineapple and notes of pie crust. This Chardonnay offers up a soft and creamy mouth-feel with flavors of red apple and pear with a perfect pitch of oaky vanilla. For those who prefer a creamy style of Chardonnay…This is a balanced winner. Buy This Wine

Mar 142013

Winemaker Trione VineyardsIn the fall of 2012, as the bounty of harvest was coming to an end, we had the opportunity to meet winemaker Scot Covington at the beautiful Trione Winery. Trione Vineyards and Winery sits in the heart of Alexander Valley, just north of Healdsburg in Sonoma County. For over 35 years the Trione family has been involved in Sonoma vineyards and winemaking . We were lucky enough to be on site during the Trione staff harvest party, complete with grilled wild duck, compliments of Mark Trione’s hunting skills. Scot’s excitement over the 2012 wines was contageous. The barrel and tank tastings showed exceptional promise.

In 2005, when the Trione family decided  to venture back into winemaking, it was Scot they tapped to design and build the winemaking facility. He is a warm and friendly person dedicated to the winemaking arts. As you will read, Scot was well traveled before Trione, though now he seems to have, paraphrasing Jimmy Buffett, “found a life that suits his style.”

B&B: who do you see when you look in the mirror?

SC: Well, that is a good question. Some days it’s Brad Pitt, some days George Clooney some days Archie Bunker…more often than not I see my Father. I see his eyes, ears; laugh lines. I wish my Father was still around to taste the wines that I am making now. He was a big fan of mine as I was of him and I see him often in the mirror especially now that I am a father. The mirror gives perspective. Continue reading »

Mar 092013
2010 Trione Vineyards & Winery Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, CA  $23 (S) – Rating 92

A very dry and crisp Sauvignon Blanc with a bouquet of citrus, honeysuckle and white spices. A wonderful balance of acidity and mouth-feel with flavors of green apple, pineapple and citrus with notes of ruby red grapefruit and minerality. A great food pairing wine with lighter and summer fare. Buy This Wine

Dec 062012
2009 Trione Vineyards & Winery Russian River Valley Pinot Noir,  River Road Ranch, $35 (S) – Rating 92

Proof that a big flavorful Pinot Noir can be very well-balanced and satisfying. The rich nose is a bit tight at first offering rich notes of dark berry, ripe raspberry, briar and spice. A superb round mouth-feel with supple and well integrated tannins. Flavors of cherry, ripe strawberry and raspberry are dominate with intriguing hints of cola, vanilla and baking spice combining for a mom’s Pinot pie sensation. As the wine opens, the nose becomes richer and the finish becomes more complex with leather and dark spice. Buy This Wine