Trinchero Family Estates keeps expanding portfolio

wine-logo-menage-a-trois[1]Trinchero Family Estates has a huge portfolio that includes more than 35 brands including Ménage à Trois (the #1 selling Red Blend in the U.S.), Folie à Deux, SeaGlass, Terra d’Oro, Trinity Oaks, Napa Cellars, Joel Gott Wines and Trinchero Napa Valley luxury wines.

In November of last year, the Trinchero family announced the launch of the Duck Commander brand in collaboration with Phil Robertson of Duck Commander Co. and the “Duck Dynasty” TV series — a Red Blend, Chardonnay and Pink Moscato.

Here are two Trinchero releases I tasted recently — from both ends of the price spectrum.

Trinchero Napa Valley Meritage Napa Valley 2010, $50

This wine exudes the personality and passion of winemaker Mario Monticelli and vice-president of vineyard operations Hal Huffsmith. It’s a spectacular blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc off the Trinchero family’s vineyards in Napa Valley. You can just about slice it with a knife it’s so dense and intense. The Cabernet Sauvignon is the driver of this wine — with cassis, cherry, raspberry and dark chocolate notes. Petit Verdot deepens the color and complexity, while the Merlot and Cabernet Franc add more nuances in the midpalate and finish. It’s a bold, structured wine — still zipped up pretty tight but offering more than a snapshot of its future as it ages. This wine is part of the portfolio produced at the Trinchero boutique winery in the former Folie à Deux cellar and property in St. Helena in Napa Valley.

Ménage à Trois Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast 2011, $10

Like the other Ménage à Trois straight varietals, which are produced by Trinchero, this Cab impresses. It is medium-bodied with a wallop of bold flavors — dark berries, plum, bittersweet chocolate, and spice. Tannins gently dust the palate. It has firm acidity for structure. Nothin’ cheap about this wine!

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