Troon Whole Grape Ferment Riesling Applegate Valley 2016

The Data

Country   USA

Appellation   Applegate Valley

Varietal   Riesling

Retail Price   $20

ABV   12%

In the Glass

Appearance

Brilliant, medium golden/orange color.

Aromatics

The nose is moderately intense offering scents of apricot, apple cider, bread dough, and orange peel with supporting notes of truffle, and pineapple.

Flavor

The palate is in substantial agreement with the nose delivering a green fruit-driven core with flavors of wet stones. The finish is tart with with trailing, sour tropical fruits notes.

Intensity & Texture

Medium-bodied and nicely balanced with a vibrant texture.

Cool Factor

A

This is certainly a cool wine from a winery that is making some of the coolest wines in America. No doubt this will not be the last "orange wine" that we see from Troon.

Value Grade

B

At $20 a bottle this very limited Riesling offers personality plus.

Analysis

This 2016 Riesling from Troon is the first "orange wine" from the great Oregon winery. 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. By fermenting this Riesling on the skins it naturally extracts pigment from the skin as well as dense flavors and aromatics. For wine drinkers unfamiliar with this style of winemaking it may be a bit shocking to see it in the glass and then the flavors too are a bit more rustic. We love the bold flavors but wish that more of the bright and perfumed fruit typical with Riesling would have been present in the finished wine. 88 points.

How to Enjoy

Serve chilled as an aperitif or with a wide range of foods. This wine's applications at the table is perhaps its greatest asset. We love it with a range of hard cheeses, cured meats, and even olives.

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