Beverage of the Week (BOW)

Troon Kubli Bench Montepulciano Applegate Valley 2016

Product Story

The Montepulciano grapes come from the White Family Vineyard, which is part of the Troon estate. This block was planted in 2005 and we believe this to be the only Montepulciano grown in Oregon. In truth there is very little Montepulciano grown anywhere in the USA. Montepulciano is second in vines planted in Italy (Sangiovese is the first) among red varietals. It is a workhorse of a grape used in wines primarily in Central Italy. Montepulciano can create simple, fruit-driven wines but it is capable of creating stunning, complex wines with depth and style. Troon has captured the potential of Montepulciano crafting a wine with vibrancy and layers of flavors. This can be enjoyed now in its youth but a few years in bottle will reveal its full potential.

Brand Story

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. In 2016 Craig Camp joined the Troon team. Craig is a wine industry veteran with a sharp palate, encyclopedic knowledge of the wines of the world, and relentless energy. Troon offers a wonderfully diverse selection of varietal wines and blends ranging from Merlot to Tempranillo and Vermentino to name just a few. If you are seeking unique wines with style and gusto you need to get acquainted with Troon Vineyard.

Tasting Note

Brilliant, deep ruby color. The nose is moderately intense offering scents of baking spices, sour cherry, and boysenberry with supporting notes of thyme and black tea. The palate confirms the nose delivering a red and black fruits-driven core with flavors of plum, mineral, and black cherry. The finish is long and lingering with chewy tannins. Medium to full-bodied and perfectly balanced with an opulent texture.

How to Serve

If you are drinking this wine today be sure to decant it as it is very youthful and it needs some aeration. I found this wine to be better the day after opening. It is so versatile at the table pairing great with fall and winter stews, pizza, any red sauce, as well as roasted vegetables.

Price: $ 25

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