Bottle Notes

New Releases 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 Druid’s Fluid Red Table Wine – Magenta in color. 12.5% ABV. Interesting blend of Merlot, Zinfandel, Tempranillo and a few other varieties. Red fruits, earth and leather on the nose. Spicy and plush on the palate with firm acidity. Cherries, plums and white pepper on the palate. Warm tannins on a medium length finish. Easy to drink. $18 at the winery and retail. My rating: 88 points.

2014 Troon Vineyard Druid’s Fluid White Table Wine – Straw colored. 11.5% ABV. Viognier, Marsanne, Muscat and Vermentino. Flowers, stone fruits and slate on the nose. Crisp and refreshing with light acidity. Lime, pears and lemon pound cake on the palate. Delicious white blend to enjoy this Summer. $18 at the winery and retail. My rating: 88 points.

2014 Troon Vineyard Vermentino – Gold in color. 12.5% ABV. 80% Vermentino and 20% Sauvignon Blanc. Super nose of tropical fruits, lemon oil and pears. Lush and fresh with spicy acidity. Key lime, lemon meringue and honeysuckle on the palate. The finish is long and spicy. Drink over the next 1-2 years. $24 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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5 thoughts on “New Releases from Troon Vineyard

  1. That seems quite odd. I tried that 2014 Vermentino and it was undrinkable. It smelled, most unfortunately, of a swamp. Possibly one of the worst wines I’ve tried in years.

    1. Hi Dave – I don’t think you could have had the Blue Label Vermentino/Sauvignon Blanc co-ferment unless you had it at the winery. The bottles I just sent to Tom are just entering the market at the end of this month.

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