Biodynamic wine anyone? Honestly, you may be sipping on more biodynamically farmed and made wines than you realize, as many who do don’t necessarily advertise it. (Hello, Tablas Creek.) Anywho, that’s not actually why I gravitated to this wine—it was the fact that Troon is consistently in pursuit of planting with vineyard specificity, replanting and grafting new vines appropriate to their Applegate Valley estate. Thus, more Rhone varieties are being planted, Rhone-style wines being made. This is the first release of this white blend, made in partnership with fellow biodynamic farmers and winemakers, Barbara and Bill Steele of Cowhorn Vineyard.
About the Wine: The Troon Vineyard White Rhone Blend is made from 51% Viognier, 28%, Marsanne, and 21% Roussanne harvested from the winery’s estate vineyard, located on the Kubli Bench of Oregon’s Applegate Valley AVA.
Flavor Profile: Open the bottle and find fresh, fragrant aromas of apple, citrus, fresh cut grass, and a hint of agave. This white wine blend presents very clear on the pour and pale, pale amber in the glass.
Initial aromas are similar to the above, with a bit more nutty quality and a faint white floral perfume. Swirl, and the roundness of the nutty quality comes through a bit more, the acidity becomes more pronounced. Fruits are still apple, pear, and citrus.
The palate is smooth, round, soft, with just a hint of texture, and a good dose of acidity. Dominant flavors are of lemon/lime zest, raw almonds, chamomile, a bit of cut grass, a hint of green apple, and just a hint of maybe caramel? (Dose of ML in here?)
Food Pairing: Halibut, cauliflower puree, grilled king trumpet mushrooms, garlic
More Info: I received the Troon Vineyard Cotes du Kubli as a sample for review. (Cheers Craig!) Price: $35. For more information about Troon Vineyard, their wines, and to purchase wine directly, please visit the Troon Vineyard website.
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