1475 Kubli Rd.
Grants Pass OR 97527
35 ac – 66,000
Troon Estate Vineyard has been farmed the past few years organically and is in the midst of a transition to organic and biodynamic certification.
Dick Troon planted Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel on his property in 1972, helping to launch the post-Prohibition wine era in southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley. Troon became a local winegrowing legend before passing away in 2011. The current owners are Texans Bryan and Denise White. They have a superb “on the ground” team at Troon, which includes wine industry veteran Craig Camp (General Manager) and Steve Hall, a winemaker with an impressive resume that includes stints with Clos Du Val and Robert Biale in California.
The estate vineyard is 1,400 ft. above sea level at a point where an opening in the Pacific Coast Range allows cool ocean breezes to flow into the vineyard at night. The huge day-night temperature swings help promote ripeness and elevate acidity levels in the fruit. The vineyard, which now includes more exotic fare like Vermentino, Marsanne and Tannat, sits at the base of the Siskiyou Mountains, where vines grow in crumbled granite and ancient sedimentary river soils.
Troon now has a natural winemaking focus, and it shows in their crisp, lively wines. The Kubli Bench Blanc 2017 is grassy and brisk, with scents like thyme, lime and quinine. It’s co-fermented Marsanne and Viognier with an appropriately waxy, round mouthfeel with flavors like Meyer lemons and hazelnuts. The Cuvée Pyrénées 2016, co-fermented Tannat and Malbec, is a tip of the hat to Madiran and Cahors that packs concentrated dark raspberry fruit and dark chocolate flavors into every sip. Vermentino 2017 (Slow Wine) Buzzes with brisk acidity, talc-like minerality and scents and flavors of lemon, lime and savory grilled peach.
PLANT PROTECTION copper and sulphur
WEED CONTROL mechanical
YEASTS spontaneous fermentation
GRAPES purchase 5%
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