The Hedonistic Taster: Troon Vineyard


  The Hedonistic Taster

Troon Vineyard – Applegate Valley, Oregon

by L.M. Archer

“Wine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.” – Henri Jayer

The Hedonistic Taster provides an intimate format for sharing industry trade sample tasting notes with readers.

Please enjoy this edition featuring Troon Vineyard, a biodynamic producer located in southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley, near the Siskiyou Mountains.

Note: I was first introduced to these latest Troon Vineyard wines by General Manager Craig Camp, at the 2018 Wine Media Conference in Walla Walla, WA.  

Some fun facts about Troon Vineyard:

  • Troon Vineyard sits at  1400 feet above sea level on Kubli Bench, near the confluence of the Applegate and Rogue Rivers as they flow towards the Pacific Ocean.
  • Troon Vineyard’s granitic and river sedimentary soils mirror those of Alsace, Beaujolais, and the Languedoc, and Sardinia.
  • Troon Vineyard harvests all their grapes by hand, and crushes all their harvested fruit by foot.

Learn more about Troon Vineyard here.

Disclaimer: No compensation is received; all opinions expressed are that of the author.

Troon Vineyard Vermentino is barrel fermented and aged for six months in mature oak.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Troon Vineyard Estate Vermentino, Kubli Bench –  Applegate Valley, OR.

Vintage: 2017

Alcohol:  12%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $ 18 /218 cases.

Robe:  Pale lemon hue.

Nose: Nutty, citrus, slight mineral notes.

Bouche:  Light body, well-balanced acids. A wisp of a wine, best served chilled. 

 

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Troon Vineyard Kubli Bench Blanc –  Applegate Valley, OR.

Vintage: 2017

Alcohol:  11.8%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $ 25

Robe:  Pale gold robe.

Nose: Delicate white flower and lemon aromas.

Bouche:  An artful blend of co-fermented Marsanne and Viognier unfolds gently on the palate to reveal notes of meyer lemon and fleurs blanches. 

Light body, soft acids, diaphanous finish.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Troon Vineyard Estate Vermentino Orange Wine, Whole Cluster Fermented,  Kubli Bench – Applegate Valley, OR.

Vintage: 2017

Alcohol:  12.0%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $ 25 / 245 cases.

Robe:  Light gold hue.

Nose:  Pungent aromas of dried yarrow and dusty stone coupled with an underlying  savory, smokey umami component.

Bouche:  Light body, bright acids, textural mouthfeel. Lemon, saline, savory piquancy on the finish.

A provocative wine evocative of Old World qvevri (clay urn aged) wines from the Georgian Republic.

Troon Vineyard Zinfandel contains 3% Petite Sirah.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Troon Vineyard Estate Zinfandel, Kubli Bench – Applegate Valley, OR.

Vintage: 2017

Alcohol:  14.5%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $ 20 /1500 cases.

Robe: Light garnet robe.

Nose:   Cranberry, pomegranate, white pepper aromas.

Bouche:  Savory red fruit notes predominate. Light body, well-balanced acidity, supple tannins, surprisingly discrete finish.

A wine of impressive versatility, quality, and value. 

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Troon Vineyard Cuvée Côt Estate Malbec, Kubli Bench – Applegate Valley, OR.

Vintage: 2016

Alcohol:  13.4%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $ 35 /229 cases.

Robe: Deep purple robe.

Nose: An unusual, yet enticing combination of capsicum, cocoa and pomegranate aromas.

Bouche:  Lush black fruit bouche – plum, blackberry, black cherry notes sustain from start to finish. Medium body, well-balanced acids and tannins, plush finish. 

A wine for wine drinkers who say they don’t like Malbec. You’ll like this.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Troon Vineyard Cuvée Pyrénées, Kubli Bench – Applegate Valley, OR.

Vintage: 2016

Alcohol:  13.5%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $ 60 /267 cases.

Robe: Dark plum robe.

Nose:  Black pepper, dark berry, earthy aromas.

Bouche: Plum, raspberry, loamy bouche. Medium body, well-poised acids, velvety tannins, elegant finish. A wine of subtle intensity.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Troon Vineyard Estate Tannat,  Kubli Bench – Applegate Valley, OR.

Vintage:  2016

Alcohol:  14%

Link to Producer Specs here.

Suggested Retail: $ 40/210 cases.

Robe: Dark garnet robe.

Nose:  Heady notes of rose petal, forest, and nutmeg.

Bouche: Tart red fruit on the bouche –  sour cherry and crabapple, raspberry, with a hint of licorice. Light body, graceful acids, silky tannins, clean finish.

Not the typical tannic Southwestern France version of Tannat, this wine instead resembles a Cru Beaujolais in its lithe transcendence.

A wine suitable for all seasons.

More about Troon Vineyard here.

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