2014 Troon Black Vermentino, Applegate Valley

2014 Troon Black Vermentino, Applegate Valley
2014 Troon Black Vermentino, Applegate Valley

93 Points "I’ll start this note on a temperature alert, too. Whereas with the Blue Label I felt the wine showed well in its cooler and warmer personalities, this bottling is stubborn and un-giving when served too cold. I wanted to give up on it almost immediately, though I was immediately drawn to its chicken bouillon, earthy peanut and light anise character. Sure, those make an unusual combination, but the cool thing about this wine is that it tufts out each flavor at a specific moment on the palate. There’s a fascinating delineation of flavors that spread across the spectrum here. I got less Vermentino character than I expected, but I got a LOT of thought-provoking wine. Moreover, this wine is a bit like my terrier pup: it demands attention.
Drink: 2017-19" Christy Canterbury M.W.

Tasting notes

What a difference, keeping part of the 2014 Vermentino in barrels for a year. Aromas of wild cherry and blood orange, lightly pan roasted hazelnuts, gingersnaps and lemon blossoms. With deeper flavors of  marzipan, lemon tart and almond croissant. Bright and beautiful freshness of acidity, and finishing with a classic ripe apricot fatness stretching out the finish for hours and hours. One of the finest white wines ever produced at Troon Vineyard and on par with the finest vermentinos made anywhere in the world.

Varietal Composition4.5% Early Muscat
AppellationApplegate Valley
AgingOne year in mature French Oak barrels on the lees
Volume750 ml

94 points BevX.com

90 points The National Wine Review

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