Beverage of the Week (BOW)
Troon Blue Label Grenache Rogue Valley 2016
The Troon Grenache is one of those wines that marry finesse with power delivered in a perfectly balanced package. Troon says that their Grenache is reminiscent of a full-bodied Pinot Noir — we agree. Most often Grenache is blended with other red varietals but it's clearly ready to be a solo performer. The refreshing natural acidity found in this Rogue Valley Grenache provides this wine with a vibrancy that hides the strength in this wine. I could simply not believe that this wine was bottled at 14.8% abv as it never seems hot with alcohol rather nimble and restrained. 95 points.
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 (and you should be) you have to become acquainted with Troon Vineyard. We love the great variety of wines that Troon produces and often from cool grapes that we love like Vermentino, Grenache, Sangiovese, and more. Jump on the bandwagon!
Brilliant, medium ruby color looking much like a Pinot Noir. The nose is moderately intense offering scents of cranberry and blackberry with supporting notes of five spice, black tea, and mineral. The palate confirms the nose delivering a red and black fruits-driven core with flavors of black cherry. The finish is long and lingering with supple tannins. Medium to full-bodied and perfectly balanced with a succulent texture as it carries its strength with ease.
How to Serve
All this wine needs is a glass but it will take the best steak tartare in the world to unexpected heights.
Price: $ 25
BevX Review: http://bevx.com/wine-detail/?id=3741