When you first hear Oregon you think about Pinot Noir. I know I do, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. That was until I spent 3 weeks with Craig Camp and Troon Vineyard...online with #winestudio.
I've known Craig for quite some time and he recently left his position in Napa and moved full circle back to Oregon with Troon Vineyard. I am so glad I got to spend this time with him and learn all about his new venture with Troon and the Applegate Valley in southern Oregon.
The Applegate Valley AVA is 5 hours north of San Francisco and 4 1/2 hours south of Portland, Oregon. The region is named after the Applegate Rive and is the warmest and driest growing region in Oregon.Within the Applegate AVA there is the sub region of Rogue Valley AVA. In the Rogue Valley there are 3 valleys with distinct microclimates. This enables the region to brow both warm and cool climate grapes.
|Troon Tasting Room - Photo provided by Craig Camp - Toon Vineyard|
|Photo provided by Craig Camp - Toon Vineyard|
I was lucky enough to taste three selections from Troon. Their Vermentino, Sangiovese and M*T Reserve. They did not disappoint! I was quite impressed overall quality was great. Just to decipher, their Black Labels are their reserve wines.
|Troon Vermentino - Photo provided by Craig Camp - Toon Vineyard|
2014 Troon Vineyard Black Label Vermentino, Applegate Valley - This is a white wine that has different names depending on the country you are in. It's called Pigato in Liguria, Italy; Favorita in Piemonte, Italy and Rolle in France. Once crushed by foot the wine is placed into 3 year old French oak barrels and aged for twelve months on the lees. This was co-fermented with 4.5% Early Muscat. (Co-fermented is when they combine the grapes at crush). The wine had a nice bouquet of citrus, lemon, honey and a hint of hazelnut as the wine warms in the glass. Flavors of lemon, green apple on the palate that was nicely balanced. Rich but not heavy with nice acidity. I paired this with Kielbasa and Kale soup. SRP $29
|Under the old Oak tree - Photo provided by Craig Camp - Toon Vineyard|
2014 Toon Vineyard Black Label M*T Reserve, Southern Oregon - This wine a blend of 60.1 % Tannat and 39.9% Malbec. Tannat is known to be very tannic. But the granitic soils of the Applegate Valley soften the tannins and blended with the Malbec it helps round out the wine. The vines these grapes are grown on are between 8 and 10 years old. There are only 200 cases of this wine made. It will be great for cellaring at least 4 to 5 years. It's a complex wine with a very concentrated black raspberry aroma, with plum and vanilla. Flavors of black raspberry, black cherry, and plum fill your mouth with a subtle hints of chocolate. This wine screams meet. I paired it with Shepards Pie. SRP $50