2015 Troon Blue Label Tempranillo Rogue Valley

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.

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