Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

New Release Zins from Troon Vineyard

Troon Vineyard, established in 1972, is located in the heart of the Applegate Valley AVA, the southernmost appellation in Oregon. Troon was one of the first grape growers in Southern Oregon, and is home to the region’s earliest planting of Zinfandel in 1972. They now grow more than 20 additional varietals on over 40 planted acres.

I was fortunate to try some of the wineries newest releases.

2014 Troon Vineyard Zinfandel Applegate – Crimson in color. 14.5% ABV. Brooding nose of red fruits, black pepper and earth. Medium body with tons of acidity. Bright, delicious fruit on the palate. Flavors of raspberry liqueur, strawberries and a hint of pepper. The finish is long and spicy. Really pretty Zinfandel. Drink over the next 2-3 years. $18 at the winery and retail. My rating: 91 points.

2013 Troon Vineyard Zinfandel Estate – Dark red in color. 14.4% ABV. Field blend of Zinfandel and small amounts of Carignan and Tempranillo. Savory nose of red fruits, iron and dark chocolate. Rich with tremendous depth and nice acidity. Raspberry, salmonberry an peach on the palate. The finish is very long. Delicious Zinfandel. Drink over the next 1-3 years. $29 at the winery and retail. My rating: 90 points.

Reviews based on samples provided by the winery.

Stephen Hall, most recently with Robert Biale Vineyards, joined Troon as the Winemaker earlier this year. Craig Camp, most recently of Cornerstone Cellars, stepped in as General Manager. With compelling wines that are fairly priced, Troon Vineyard is clearly a winery to keep an eye on.

Tasting rooms for Troon are located in Grants Pass and Carlton, Oregon. I hope to stop by on my next trip to the area.

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