The Troon Vineyard has been part of the landscape of Southern Oregon's Applegate Valley since 1972. Nestled in the Sisikiyou Mountains in Grants Pass, Oregon Troon wants their wines to be a representation of the vineyard and the valley. Grapes are harvested by hand, fermented with natural yeast and allow malolactic fermentation takes its natural course. The dedication their natural surroundings is evident in the embrace of sustainable agriculture and its estate vineyards are LIVE and Salmon Safe Certified. The result are world class wines from the granitic soils of the Kubli Bench.
Blends and co-ferments our an integral part of our winemaking and this G*S*M (Grenache 4.2%, Syrah 45.2%, Mourvedre 50.6%) shows the kinds of textures and flavors that only blends can achieve. Lifted and bright this wine is what pinot noir would taste like with backbone. A layered wine with many dimensions. Cellaring three to five years will bring out even more complexity. Ideal with pork roasts or grilled Italian sausage.
What a difference, keeping part of the 2014 Vermentino in barrels for a year. Aromas of wild cherry and blood orange, lightly pan roasted hazelnuts, gingersnaps and lemon blossoms. With deeper flavors of marzipan, lemon tart and almond croissant. Bright and beautiful freshness of acidity, and finishing with a classic ripe apricot fatness stretching out the finish for hours and hours. One of the finest white wines ever produced at Troon Vineyard and on par with the finest vermentinos made anywhere in the world.
A creative co-ferment of grapes native to the South of France:Marsanne 43.81%, Viognier 27.35%, Vermentino 12.65%, Riesling 8.79%, Roussanne 5.0%, Sauvignon 2.4%; farmed to savor the natural attributes of granitic soils, washed down the mountains covered in Madrone, Oak and Ponderosa pine. Full bodied and exotic, this is a substantial wine, but it’s still balanced with the bracing acidity you would expect from Oregon. The aromas and flavors are laced with hints of honeysuckle and ripe peaches. An ideal match for roast chicken, veal and cheeses. For those that love the exotic, lush and complex white blend of the southern Rhône Valley will adore Longue Carabine.
Varietal: Marsanne 43.81%, Viognier 27.35%, Vermentino 12.65%, Riesling 8.79%, Roussanne 5.0%, Sauvignon Blanc 2.4%.
Appellation: Applegate Valley
Vineyard: Troon Vineyard
Designation: Longue Carabine
Sugar: 20.5 Brix
Aging: 7 months in mature French Oak
Residual Sugar: 2.8
Bottling Date: 5/15/2015
G*S*M has become shorthand for the traditional blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre that is ubiquitous in Southern France. However, this year our G*S*M includes a magical fourth variety. Our 2016 Troon Blue Label G*S*M, Rogue Valley is a blend of 39% Syrah, 32% Mourvèdre, 16% Grenache and... wait for it... 13% Sangiovese. Sometimes necessity is the mother of invention and that was the case in our 2015 vintage as we did not have enough of the classic three varieties and so decided to top up the barrels with Sangiovese and the results speak for themselves in this unique and delicious wine. Your favorite steak can't wait to be served with this beauty.
2015 was another classic vintage for Southern Oregon. An early bud break with a warm spring and moderate heat most of the summer. Late September brought more warm nights and warmer days giving us plenty of time to harvest our vineyards to the end of October. From the iron rich volcanic/sedimentary soils above the Anderson Creek/Coleman Creek alluvial fan. Varner Traul Vineyard is especially careful with their yields, dropping fruit throughout the season to get a deeper expression of the terroir. A beautiful aromatic puzzle with faint peony and iris flowers and a faint cinnamon and clove undertone. A succulent and shapely mouthfeel, with a zingy acidity that fans out the unusual florals and fruit. Finishes with an earthy winter savory flavors. The volcanic/sedimentary soils give immense presence to the tannins and uplifted savory aromas.
Harvested in half-ton bins, which are then trodden by foot, the new must spends the night in the same bin in which they were harvested. This respite helps the natural yeast population to establish themselves and allows the hoards of Oregon yellow jackets to add the yeasts they carry to the grapes, which they can’t resist.. The next day the grapes are destemmed and the fruit is placed in one-ton fermenting bins that are placed outside to let the natural temperature fluctuations from day to day help the fermentation. No pump overs are used and each fermenter is punched down by hand one or two times a day. When fermentation is almost finished the wine is transferred to mature French Oak Burgundy barrels. Fermentation and malolactic fermentation slowly progresses in the cold of winter only to finish in the spring. After 16 to 18 months in barrel the wines are bottled. Our Troon wines are from LIVE and Salmon Safe certified vineyards.
From two very small plantings of Tempranillo, harvested and fermented separately. As always, using a native yeast ferment to draw out the deeper aromas and textures. This Tempranillo is an expression of the granitic soils, which create a refined character. This is a bright, fresh wine with lifted aromatics and a structure defined by fine, elegant tannins. Rich and complex, yet is not heavy on the palate. Very classic in style.
Harvested in half ton bins, which are then trodden by foot, the new must spends the night in the same bin in which they were harvested. This respite helps the natural yeast population to establish themselves and allows the hoards of Oregon yellow jackets to add the yeasts they carry to the grapes, which they can’t resist.. The next day the grapes are destemmed and the fruit is placed in one ton fermenting bins that are placed outside to let the natural temperature fluctuations from day to day help the fermentation. No pump-overs are used and each fermenter is punched down by hand one or two times a day. When fermentation is almost finished the wine is transferred to mature French Oak Burgundy barrels. Fermentation and malolactic fermentation slowly progresses in the cold of winter only to finish in the spring. After 16 to 18 months in barrel the wines are bottled.
Our Troon wines are from LIVE and Salmon Safe certified vineyards. All fermentations are native and there are no added enzymes, acids or sugar used in the production of our wines. No sulfur is added prior to fermentation and minimal amounts are added during aging and bottling. No new oak is used to age this wine.
Our Malbec is very different from the chunky, fruit-forward malbec wines flooding the country from South America. Our 2015 Rogue Valley Malbec is more classically proportioned wine, reminding more of the delicious wines of Southwestern France. Our Malbec is grown on the granitic soils of the Kubli Bench. With a smaller yield than in 2014, this vintage is more defined and elegantly nuanced. Along with tannat, malbec produces Oregon’s richest, deepest wines. While powerful by Oregon standards, our 2015 Malbec is still graceful and balanced, with plenty of refreshing acidity to carry its rich flavors.
This zinfandel will remind you more of a Côtes du Rhône than a California Zinfandel. Bright, fresh and alive this is comfort wine for comfort food. Perfect for pizza, burgers and stews this wine is all about pleasure now, while substantial enough to keep around a year or two.
The Languedoc is a constant source of inspiration for us at Troon Vineyard as our climate and soils in the Applegate Valley have proven to be the perfect home for the varieties that shine there. One of the classic combinations of the Languedoc is the intertwining of Marsanne and Viognier.
Our 2016 Kubli Bench Blanc, Estate Bottled, Applegate Valley is not a blend, but a co-ferment. We believe co-fermentation creates a wine of greater integration and complexity than simply blending. We harvest two blocks of Marsanne and Viognier crush them by foot, then press them into mature French Oak barrels for native yeast fermentation. In 2016 these vineyard blocks yielded a blend of Viognier 54%, Marsanne 46%. These percentages will vary slightly depending on the fruit these blocks yield vintage to vintage. Our Troon Vineyard estate vineyard is located on the unique soils of the Kubli Bench, which is the second, higher and older bench of the Applegate River and we have given that name to this wine. The granitic soils of the Kubli Bench combined with our long, warm days and cool nights creates wines of great balance and refinement with bright, lifted aromatics.
The 2016 Kubli Bench Blanc, Estate Bottled, Applegate Valley is all about exotic textures and aromatics. Full and rich in the nose and on the palate, it is lifted by a bright acidity that amplifies the many layers in this complex wine.
Let it Rolle! Rolle (pronounced “roll”) is the French name for Vermentino and, as the style of our 2016 Troon Blue Label Vermentino, Cuvée Rolle, Applegate Valley was inspired by the delicious Rolle blends of the Languedoc Roussillon region in Southern France we gave our cuvée the French name. The Troon Cuvée Rolle is native yeast fermented in mature French Oak barrels and is a co-ferment of 90% Vermentino (Rolle) and 10% Marsanne. The Marsanne adds a rich, round fruitiness to the wine, which is a beautiful counterpoint to the zesty Vermentino.
A brilliant light gold in color, the aromatics literally leap out of a glass of our Cuvée Rolle. Fresh fragrances of lime and orange from the Vermentino meld with the exotic spices and honeysuckle of the Marsanne, which continue on the palate. The Marsanne brings a soft, voluptuous texture that is lifted by the tangy, crispness of the Vermentino. Together they create a wine that perfectly walks the line between richness and freshness that cannot be resisted.
Introducing a totally new wine from Troon Vineyard our 2016 Troon Riesling, Whole Grape Ferment (Orange Wine), Applegate Valley is our first 'skin-fermented' white wine. We crafted this "Orange Wine" much the same as we do our red wines. The result is an exotic wine that combines the bright freshness or a white wine with the structure and body of a red.
Introducing a totally new wine from Troon Vineyard our 2016 Troon Riesling, Whole Grape Ferment (Orange Wine), Applegate Valley is our first 'skin-fermented' white wine. We crafted this 'Orange Wine' much the same as we do our red wines. The result is an exotic wine that combines the bright freshness of a white wine with the structure and body of a red. You'll know right away why they call them orange wines when you see its orange tinted color. Below you see the wine fermenting on its skins in small fermenters where it was punched down by hand daily. After a brief stay in mature French Oak barrels, we are releasing this exciting new wine for your springtime enjoyment. This very dry, full-flavored white wine will literally match with almost any food you can think of and we can't think of a better wine to take on any range of appetizers at your next party and it certainly would be the perfect match for a dinner of tapas.