Trenza, Spanish for braid, is a winery dedicated to the production of New World blends that showcase the viticultural diversity of San Luis Obispo County.


92 points Trenza 2008 Tinto (San Luis Obispo County);
Is there nothing winemaker Christian Roguenant can't do? When I first met Christian he was making sparkling wine for a now defunct winery. It was exceptionally good stuff, but way ahead of its time. Then he moved on to Baileyana, which is owned by the Niven family, longtime growers in the Edna Valley. At Baileyana Roguenant routinely turns out first rate Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah. A few years back the Nivens added the crisp whites of Tangent to their stable, and Christian became adept at Albariño, the hip Spanish white. They later added the Zocker brand, and Christian became adept at Grüner Veltliner, the hip Austrian white. Now they've added Trenza, and the Tinto (that's red) is vintage Roguenant, with wonderful balance, supple tannins and exceptional red-fruited complexity. This blend of Syrah, Grenache, Tempranillo and Mourvèdre is one of the more eclectic and delicious red blends you will find anywhere in California. -- Robert Whitley

94 points Trenza 2009 Blanco (Edna Valley);
Trenza's Blanco is a shining example of the potential for unusual grape varieties to do well in many of California's cool, coastal appellations. The grapes are unusual only in the sense that traditionally they have not been widely planted, if planted at all, in this country. This is a 50-50 blend of Albariño (the delicious white from the Rias Baixas district of Galicia in western Spain) and Grenache Blanc, a staple of the white wines of the southern Rhone Valley of France. The Albariño provides the zing, the Grenache Blanc the heft. It's a lovely combo that shows aromas of red citrus, such as tangerine, and crisp pear. There is a flinty, edgy minerality throughout. I absolutely loved it. -- Robert Whitley


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