Beverage of the Week (BOW)
Troon MT Reserve Southern Oregon 2014
Again, like the last vintage of MT Reserve is a blend of Tannat and Malbec (60% and 40% respectively). However this wine is a co-ferment, not a blend, as the grapes went through fermentation together. This might seem like a distinction without a difference but it is a big difference and I can't help but think that it positively impacts the harmony of this wine. The Tannat is sourced from Troon's estate vineyard and the Malbec is from the Full Quiver Vineyard, which is contiguous with Troon's estate. I was a big fan of Troon's 2013 MT Reserve but the 2014 vintage is a step up. The 2014 MT Reserve drinks very well now but should age gracefully for a decade — only 240 cases made. 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 (a great mix of varietals) you have to become acquainted with Troon Vineyard.
Deep, dark, ruby red color. The nose is very complex and compelling with ripe, red cherry in the lead with hints of boysenberry and cassis with silky accents of allspice. The palate is in full accord with the nose delivering a dense, red fruit-centric core with waves of spice, rich red jams, vanilla, and subtle brown spice notes. Full-bodied with dense fruit and perfect balance and harmony with a bright dose of acidity and soft, round, supple tannins.
How to Serve
This rich and flavorful wine is an ideal match with bold, meat-based dishes be they grilled, braised, or roasted. A warming lamb stew would be right at home with the wine.
Price: $ 50