Troon Vineyard 2013 Zinfandel, Applegate Valley, $20

By on December 30, 2015

troon-vineyards-zinfandel-2013-bottleThe late Dick Troon brought Zinfandel cuttings from Sonoma in 1972 and used those to establish some of the Pacific Northwest’s first work with this Italian variety. Unlike many examples from farther south, new Troon winemaker Steve Hall presents this with balance, starting with a rich and spicy nose as black currant, plum and raspberry are joined by black pepper and licorice. The entry to the palate is clean and bright with more currants and plum. Pleasing sandy tannins and more raspberry in the finish keep the focus on the fruit while steering clear of high levels of alcohol or sugar. Look for it at major retail stores across Oregon and the tasting rooms in Carlton and Grants Pass.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 1,270 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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