Troon MT Reserve Southern Oregon 2013

The Data

Country   USA

Appellation   Southern Oregon

Varietal   Red Blend

Retail Price   $50

ABV   13.7%

In the Glass

Appearance

Deep, dark ruby red to purple.

Aromatics

The nose is very complex and compelling with ripe, red berries in the lead supported by brown baking spices, cocoa nibs, coffee, and tart cranberries.

Flavor

The palate is in full accord with the nose delivering a rich and dense fruit-centric core with waves of spice, soft earth tones, and subtle oak notes.

Intensity & Texture

Medium to full-bodied with dense fruit and perfect balance with a bright dose of acidity and soft, structuring tannins.

Cool Factor

A

Malbec and Tannat together? Sign me up for the wedding and this beautiful blend does not disappoint.

Value Grade

B

At $50 this is not likely your Tuesday night wine but it is worthy of a good weekend meal.

Analysis

I love having my palate challenged and as this was my first USA-made Malbec and Tannat blend I was ready for the task. From the very first nosing to the last sip I am convinced that these two grapes are made for each other. The fruit profiles and certainly the secondary flavors of these grapes are quite different but clearly very compatible. While the blend is tilted slightly in favor of Malbec (57.67% to 44.33%) it's the Tannat that leads this dance. I'm not sure that this will become the new hot blend and perhaps the great pairing is unique to Troon and Southern Oregon. Nevertheless, I hope that they continue to make this great wine. 94 points out of 100.

How to Enjoy

This rich and flavorful wine is right at home with bold meat-based dishes be they grilled, braised, or roasted.

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