Troon Whole Grape Ferment Riesling Applegate Valley 2017

The Data

Country   USA

Appellation   Applegate Valley

Varietal   Riesling

Retail Price   $20

ABV   11.5%

Score   4 Stars/92 points

In the Glass

Appearance

Brilliant, medium orange to gold color.

Aromatics

The aromatics are very intense offering scents of apricot, orange peel, and peach with supporting notes of kumquat, slate, and green tea with hints of dry Sherry.

Flavor

The palate confirms the nose delivering a citrus-driven core with flavors of nectarine. The finish is long and lingering with silky tannins.

Intensity & Texture

Medium-bodied and perfectly 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

A

This charming and unique wine is offered in small quantities making the $20 price tag a bargain.

Analysis

This is the second vintage we have seen of the Troon Orange Riesling. We thought that the 2016 was a pretty cool wine as is the 2017. However, the 2017 is a good step forward as it presents harmonious flavors of citrus, mineral, and subtle Fino Sherry accents. 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. We love the balance and low alcohol as well. You would be hard-pressed to find a more refreshing wine. 92 points.

How to Enjoy

Serve chilled as the perfect aperitif or with a wide range of foods with shellfish being an obvious choice.

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