Here is a rock-solid, modestly priced Zinfandel from Troon Vineyard in southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley AVA. The winery’s founder, Dick Troon, first planted Zinfandel in 1972, and this wine was sourced from some of those original vines. It is robust in aromatics and flavor, with raspberry preserve, mulling spice, and cola on the nose; and on the palate, dark chocolate-dipped raspberry, brandied fruit, and cracked peppercorn — all interwoven with impressions of chocolate ganache, pine, and graphite over a mouthwatering finish. The wine is dry and full-bodied, with soft tannins, fresh acidity, and subdued oak. Small portions of Carignan and Primitivo (Zinfandel’s genetic cousin from Italy) were blended into the wine, and it aged for 10 months in used French Burgundy barrels. Fruit, spice, and earth elements are beautifully structured and balanced in this wine, and it soundly distinguishes itself from the ripe, flat, and fleshy Zinfandels that tend to congregate around the $20 price point. It is, indeed, an exceptional Zinfandel for the price and among the best $20 Zinfandels we have tasted.
Food Pairing: Troon Vineyard’s 2014 Zinfandel will pare congenially with barbecue, burgers, charco-grilled meats, tomato-based pasta dishes, pizza, and dark chocolate, and just about any summertime fare.
14.5% ABV | 505 Cases Produced
A NWR “Summer Wine Pick”
Availability: For more information on the availability of Troon Vineyard’s 2014 Zinfandel or to purchase, visit Troon Vineyard virtually at www.troonvineyard.com; at the winery, located at 1475 Kubli Road, Grants Pass, OR; or at their Carlton, OR, tasting room at 250 N. Kutch St.