Troon Blue Label G*S*M Rogue Valley 2015

The Data

Country   USA

Appellation   Rogue Valley

Varietal   Red Blend

Retail Price   $25

ABV   13.5%

In the Glass

Appearance

Brilliant, deep ruby color.

Aromatics

The aromatics are very intense offering scents of blackberry and black cherry with supporting notes of black tea, cranberry, and earth.

Flavor

The palate confirms the nose delivering a red and black fruits-driven core with flavors of plum and accents slate. The finish is long and lingering with supple tannins.

Intensity & Texture

Full-bodied and perfectly balanced with an opulent texture.

Cool Factor

A

We always love a well-made GSM regardless of where it's made but Oregon seems to offer the ideal climate for these varietals not to mention the bonus varietal.

Value Grade

A

At $25 a bottle you won't find many American GSM that offer comparable quality to price ratio.

Analysis

This delicious wine is made with a blend of Mourvédre 31.61%, Syrah 39.66%, Grenache 16.06%, and the bonus addition of Sangiovese 12.67%. Perhaps this wine is actually a GSM+S? The Sangiovese addition was a last minute necessity as the Troon winemaking team needed to top the barrels. I think it's fair to say that we will not see this exact blend again. Like all Troon wines made today the grapes were crushed by foot, fermented with native yeasts, and are absolutely free of any additives. The wine was matured in mature French oak offering subtle oak accents. The result is an elegant wine capable of aging if you are patient while offering instant gratification for those who cannot wait. 94 points.

How to Enjoy

This complex and vibrant wine is ready to drink now but it will cellar well for at least five years. Please decant this wine so it will show you its many nuances. Serve with grilled or roasted meats.

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