Beverage of the Week (BOW)
Troon Black Label Vermentino Applegate Valley 2014
You don't see a lot of Vermentino grown in the US. The grape is native to Italy where it is utilized in wines from Liguria to Sardegna (these can be very special) and locations in between. It is also grown in the South of France with success as you will find more acres of Vermentino in France as compared to Italy. For me the Troon Vermentino is very much in the mold of great Sardegna wines that showcase complex fruit flavors with accents of nuts and a slight waxy character. I cannot wait to see future vintages of this wine as I feel it's on the rise. 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.
Brilliant, pale straw color. The aromatics are very appealing (you can nose it for hours) offering scents of pear, green apple, and guava with accents of mineral, sandalwood, blanched almonds, and citrus zest. The palate is in full agreement with the nose delivering a fruit forward core with rivaling notes of nuts, subtle oak, and mineral with a dry, crisp finish. Medium-bodied with perfect balance thanks to a bright dose of acidity and generous mineral notes.
How to Serve
You can enjoy this delicious wine just chilled as an aperitif but the complex flavors and bright acidity call for food. It pairs beautifully with grilled octopus, roasted fowl or chicken stews, and grilled vegetables.
Price: $ 29