Beverage of the Week (BOW)
Troon Blue Label Sangiovese Rogue Valley 2014
It's not often that you find an American Sangiovese that could easily pass as a Tuscan but Troon masters the feat. Instead of creating a big and brooding Cabernet facsimile they let the Sangiovese express its classic understated fruit perfectly interwoven with earth and herbal notes. Like its Tuscan siblings the Troon Sangiovese needs to open up so ideally you would decant this wine allowing the the complex fruit to emerge. You may have a tough time finding this wine at your local market so get on Troon's web site and get a few bottles before it's gone. 97 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. If you are looking for wines with personality and style you have to become acquainted with Troon Vineyard.
Brilliant, crimson color. The nose presents the aromas of Tuscany offering scents of ripe and tart red fruits with supporting notes of black currant, earth, herbs, and subtle brown spice notes. The palate echoes the nose delivering a vibrant fruit core with generous flanking notes of dried herbs, black tea, and subtle earth tones finishing with medium, well-integrated tannins. Medium-bodied with the prefect balance of fruit, earth, spice, and bright acid.
How to Serve
Please be sure to open this wine in advance to drinking, decanting it would even be better. As this wine offers the heart of Tuscany in a glass pair it with Tuscan cuisine.
Price: $ 29