Beverage of the Week (BOW)
Troon Vineyard Cuvée Pyrénées Applegate Valley 2016
Tannat and Malbec mingle frequently in the Southwest of France. In Cahor while the wines are dominated by Malbec it is frequently blended with Tannat. This great blend from Troon is playfully named Cuvée Pyrénées a call to the great and often unheralded wines of this region along the French and Spanish border. The Troon Cuvée Pyrénées is made with a blend of 62% Tannat and 38% Malbec. The two varietals are co-fermented giving it a unique flavor and aromatic profile. This is truly one of the most exceptional wines that we have sampled in 2018 and in fact it was the BevX Red Wine of the Year for 2018.
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, deep ruby color. The aromatics are very intense offering scents of raspberry, hibiscus flower, and blueberry balsamic with supporting notes of red currant and baking spices. The palate echoes the nose delivering a red fruit-driven core with flavors of tart cherry and black plum. The finish is long and lingering with supple tannins and trailing herbal and spice accents. Medium to full-bodied and perfectly balanced thanks to bright acidity with a voluptuous texture.
How to Serve
Serve at cellar temperature and it performs best when decanted. Serve with nothing but a glass or with grilled meats.
Price: $ 60
BevX Review: http://bevx.com/wine-detail/?id=3871