Troon MT Reserve Southern Oregon 2014

The Data

Country   USA

Appellation   Southern Oregon

Varietal   Red Blend

Retail Price   $50

ABV   14.4%

In the Glass

Appearance

Deep, dark, ruby red color.

Aromatics

The nose is very complex and compelling with ripe, red cherry in the lead with hints of boysenberry and cassis with silky accents of allspice.

Flavor

The palate is in full accord with the nose delivering a dense, red fruit-centric core with waves of spice, rich red jams, vanilla, and subtle brown spice notes.

Intensity & Texture

Full-bodied with dense fruit and perfect balance and harmony with a bright dose of acidity and soft, round, supple tannins.

Cool Factor

A

Malbec and Tannat together? Sign me up for the wedding and this beautiful blend does not disappoint as few winemakers could pull this off but of Troon is far from ordinary.

Value Grade

B

At $50 this is not likely an everyday wine for you but it's not supposed to be. Set aside for a holiday or big occasion and do serve with food.

Analysis

Again, like the last vintage of MT Reserve is a blend of Tannat and Malbec (60% and 40% respectively). However this wine is a co-ferment, not a blend, as the grapes went through fermentation together. This might seem like a distinction without a difference but it is a big difference and I can't help but think that it positively impacts the harmony of this wine. The Tannat is sourced from Troon's estate vineyard and the Malbec is from the Full Quiver Vineyard, which is contiguous with Troon's estate. I was a big fan of Troon's 2013 MT Reserve but the 2014 vintage is a step up. The 2014 MT Reserve drinks very well now but should age gracefully for a decade — only 240 cases made. 97 points out of 100.

How to Enjoy

This rich and flavorful wine is an ideal match with bold, meat-based dishes be they grilled, braised, or roasted. A warming lamb stew would be right at home with the wine.

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