Beverage of the Week (BOW)
Troon Vineyard Estate Orange Wine - Kubli Bench Vermentino Applegate Valley 2017
We have a had a few Vermentino wines from Troon but this is their first "orange wine" Vermentino. Orange wines are essentially white wines made like red wines meaning that they fermented with the skins. Typically white wines are made by extracting the juice from the skins and solids. Fermenting the whole Vermentino grapes in contact with the skins creates a wine with great texture and depth of flavor. The Troon Orange Vermentino is concentrated while nimble and fresh. It has a concentration akin to wines made with partially dehydrated grapes with beautiful natural acidity. 4.5 Stars/94 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. Today, Troon Vineyard is owned by Dr. Bryan White and Denise White. The Whites along with Craig Camp, general manager, and winemaker Steve Hall lead the innovative wine making efforts at Troon. 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 Malbec to Tempranillo and Vermentino to name just a few. Beginning with the 2018 vintage the fruit utilized by Troon was farmed 100% organically and biodynamically. All Troon wines were crushed by foot, fermented with only native yeasts with no additives of any kind. If you are seeking unique wines with style and gusto you need to get acquainted with Troon Vineyard.
Brilliant, medium gold/green color. The nose is moderately intense offering scents of dry Sherry, soursop, and quince with supporting notes of green melon, orange peel, and wet stones. The palate confirms the nose delivering a tropical fruit-driven core with flavors of mangosteen and kiwi. The finish is long and lingering. Medium-bodied and perfectly balanced with a supple texture foiled by bright, semi-tart acidity.
How to Serve
First, allow this wine to breathe — something that we rarely do with white wines. The complex flavors and bright acidity make it the perfect foil to both raw and cooked shellfish dishes.
Price: $ 25
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