Troon Vineyard sits in Southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley, surrounded by the beauty of the Siskiyou Mountains. Troon was founded in 1972 and focuses on producing wines that are well-suited for the terroir of Applegate Valley. With indigenous yeast fermentations and responsible farming practices, the wines of Troon showcase pure fruit and vibrant flavors.
I had the opportunity to taste through several of Troon’s latest releases and was impressed with their creative blends. They have done a fantastic job of highlighting lesser know varieties and unusual co-ferments. Here are my tasting notes from a few of the standouts in Troon’s lineup:
Troon Vineyard 2014 Longue Carabine
Troon’s Longue Carabine is my favorite wine from their 2014 lineup. It is a co-fermented blend of 38.5% Vermentino, 33% Viognier, 27% Marsanne, and 1.5% Roussanne. The dry wine captivates the palate with tastes of ripe peaches, zesty citrus, nutmeg, and apricots. There is also a backbone of acidity and lush texture that makes this an excellent wine to pair with shellfish! (12.5% alcohol, $29)
Troon Vineyard 2014 Vermentino Sauvignon Blanc
This blend of 80% Vermentino and 20% Sauvignon Blanc offers fresh tastes of white peaches, jasmine, orange blossom, limestone, and green apples. Once again, Troon nails it with zippy acidity and a pleasing texture. A balanced and refreshing wine easy to enjoy on its own or paired with dishes like seafood and grilled chicken. (12.5% alcohol, $24)
Troon Vineyard 2013 M*T Reserve
Troon’s M*T Reserve is a rich and complex blend of Malbec and Tannat from their estate vineyards. The wine opens with intense aromas of cranberries, dried herbs, and black pepper. The palate is tannic with rich flavors of blackberries, tobacco, lavender, and leather. This wine is young so I would suggest decanting or holding for a couple of years. An excellent pairing with rack of lamb or other savory meats. (13.7% alcohol, $50)