Austin Hope "Troublemaker" Red Blend
The NV Troublemaker, a blend of 73% Syrah, 12% Grenache, 8% Petit Sirah and 7% Mourverdre, bursts from the glass with masses of dark, jammy fruit. This joyous, mouthfilling red is best enjoyed in its vinous youth. It is an excellent value. (AG)
A wine that sneaks up on you. Full bodied, with polished tannins. This is peppery and fun but a little light in the finish. Made from 73% Syrah, 12% Grenache, 8% Petite Sirah and 7% Mourvedre.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A big crowd-pleasing and quaffable effort that’s a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel, the latest N.V. Troublemaker is loaded with sweet blackberry, charred meat, tobacco and vanilla. Full-bodied, rich and loaded with fruit, it is a straightforward party wine... (JD)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(...made from a blend of wines from the 2010, 2011 and 2012 vintages, with the emphasis on 2011): Dark purple. Jammy dark fruit aromas are lifted by a subtle peppery note. Fleshy and straightforward, offering plump blueberry and cassis flavors and showing a bit of heat. Finishes with good power and breadth, leaving black pepper and dark berry liqueur notes behind.
Made in the velvety-soft, rather fruit-forward wine style that’s so popular these days. It’s got flavors of cherry jam, brown sugar and sweet buttered toast. The blend is of Rhône varieties plus Zinfandel.
(Blend 6) A racy Rhône blend, with appealing smoke, leather and blackberry aromas and zesty dried cherry, herbal, licorice and tar flavors that firm up on the tannic finish. Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. Drink now through 2019.
From Hope Family Wines, of Liberty School and Austin Hope Winery. "Troublemaker" is a multi-vintage blend from 2010, 2011 and with an emphasis on the warmer 2012 vintage, with 54% Syrah, 22% Grenache, 13% Mourvedre and 11% Zinfandel in Blend 7. (The reviews above may be of a non-vintage bottling with a different, but similar vintage composition than this release).