Beverage of the Week (BOW)
Troon MT Reserve Southern Oregon 2013
I love having my palate challenged and as this was my first USA-made Malbec and Tannat blend I was ready for the task. From the very first nosing to the last sip I am convinced that these two grapes are made for each other. The fruit profiles and certainly the secondary flavors of these grapes are quite different but clearly very compatible. While the blend is tilted slightly in favor of Malbec (57.67% to 44.33%) it's the Tannat that leads this dance. I'm not sure that this will become the new hot blend and perhaps the great pairing is unique to Troon and Southern Oregon. Nevertheless, I hope that they continue to make this great wine. 94 points out of 100.
Troon Vineyard started quietly over four decades ago when Dick Troon planted vineyards in Southern Oregon. He sold grapes to local wineries but soon discovered that the best business decision was to create his own wines. He converted his barn to a winery and slowly built the brand until he sold the winery to his friend Larry Martin in 2003. Martin undertook a major renovation of both facilities and vineyards establishing a very diverse collection of wine varietals that we see today from Troon Vineyard.
Deep, dark ruby red to purple. The nose is very complex and compelling with ripe, red berries in the lead supported by brown baking spices, cocoa nibs, coffee, and tart cranberries. The palate is in full accord with the nose delivering a rich and dense fruit-centric core with waves of spice, soft earth tones, and subtle oak notes. Medium to full-bodied with dense fruit and perfect balance with a bright dose of acidity and soft, structuring tannins.
How to Serve
This rich and flavorful wine is right at home with bold meat-based dishes be they grilled, braised, or roasted.
Price: $ 50