Sunday, September 18, 2016

A Trio Of Troon The Journey Continues

*Samples Received*

Back in July I posted my first tasting of Troon Wines  Troon Vineyards A New Journey Has Begun  where I gave a little history on the vineyard and winery. Today I wanted to focus on the wines but if you would like to read more about the winery and team, check out their new website  Troon Vineyard by clicking the link.

First wine was the 2013 Troon Blue Label Malbec, Rogue Valley with a SRP of $29. The fruit for this 216 case production wine originated in the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon from the Varner-Traul Vineyard in Talent as well as Troon's Vineyard. While the juice was fermented separately, the wine was then blended together and aged in oak barrels. A wonderful expression of both vineyards in aromatics and taste. The nose expresses the ripe fruit of raspberry, black cherries and blackberry enveloped by a rush of violets and herbs. As the wine continues to open in the glass spice notes, vanilla with a hint of plum appear. The mouth is beautifully layered with tart cherry, juicy raspberry and blackberry with an earthy/dusty nuance followed by toasted vanilla and herbal spice. Soft on the finish. Beautiful wine.

Second wine was the 2013 Troon Black Label MT Reserve co-fermented 55.67% malbec and 44.33% tannat with a SRP $50. Just 195 cases bottled the grapes were harvested in mid September of 2013. The winemaker comment "Co-fermented a unique blend of Malbec for it's intensity of fruit, and Tannat with powerful embracing tannins." When first pulling the cork and pouring my nose quickly picked up this beautiful floral, spicy and smokey aroma followed by rich cherry and raspberry with a hint of vanilla bean. Continuing to swirl a touch of mocha and dark chocolate make a quick drive by. Really nice layers and aromatics. I loved the mouth on this wine with its wild cherry, strawberry and raspberry complimented by the vanilla notes and a quick splash of allspice. This will age nicely in the bottle for several years.

The final wine tonight 2013 Troon Blue Label Estate Tannat Applegate Valley with a SRP $29. With just 213 cases produced, the fruit was harvested from the vineyard high above the Applegate River near the snowfields of the Siskiyous Mountains. Cool Pacific winds provide the perfect climate for these Southern Oregon Tannat vines and allow the fruit to perfectly ripen. On the nose big red and dark fruit notes with spicy undertones and forest floor. Reminded me of swirling wine among the morning dew in the vineyard. The mouth was very nice with black and red raspberry complimented by dark cherry giving you a jammy/chewy sensation. Spice and earthy notes on the elegant finish. I did take Joe Powers lead and tasted this wine with some smoked gouda cheese. Perfect combination.

The Applegate Valley is becoming very popular for wines produced in Southern Oregon. Planning a wine trip then a stop by Troon is a must. Nicely done Craig!


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