From Troon Vineyard in southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley, here is another fascinating exercise in the co-fermentation (“field blending”) of different grape varieties. / The first Troon co-fermented wine we tasted, and recently reviewed, was their “Longue Carabine” white blend (92 Points; click here for review). / The 2013 Black Label M*T Reserve is a blend of Malbec (57%) and Tannat (43%), two traditional French varieties that are today more popularly associated with Argentina (Malbec) and Uruguay (Tannat). Stylistically, it is more reminiscent of the wines of southwestern France than those from South America. This is a piercingly intense red both aromatically and on the palate, with aromas that suggest pomegranate, dried herbs, and green pepper; and flavors that bring to mind fresh-picked blackberry, tobacco, and black tea leaf — all punctuated with impressions of leather, bay leaf, and cedar over a tangy finish. The wine aged for 18 months in French Burgundy barrels, 10% new. It is dry, full-bodied, and savory, with moderate acidity and edgy tannins (thanks to the Tannat). It is a deeply layered and complex red wine — but elusively so, at the moment; it took some time to wrap our heads (or rather, palates) around it. The wine is “tight” and needs more time in bottle, in other words, but we are certain that after several years in the cellar it will reward with dividends. Lay it down for a while, then enjoy it with strong cheeses, Prime Rib, wood-grilled lamb chops, Cassoulet, and other hearty fare.
13.7% ABV | 195 Cases Produced
A NWR “Cellar Selection”
Availability: For more information on the availability of Troon Vineyard’s 2013 M*T Reserve or to purchase, visit Troon Vineyard virtually at
href=”http://www.troonvineyard.com/”>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.