2013 Troon Vineyards Blue Label Malbec, Rogue Valley, Oregon

In the past two decades, Malbec’s popularity has risen in leaps and bounds. Sure, the grape has been around forever, but it was the Argentinians who brought Malbec into the lives of most wine enthusiasts.

This thin-skinned, late ripening grape is now proliferating in most western United States wine regions, including the Pacific Northwest. Troon is leading the pack with this wonderful example of the variety. The origins of Malbec go back to the Loire and Bordeaux regions of France, although now the only region in France where it is still grown is Cahors. Some of the better Malbec produced here in the west comes from the Rogue Valley in Southern Oregon.

This wine really draws you in with its pronounced dark berry and bittersweet chocolate ganache aromas filling the air.  Soft-textured and plush the wine spreads across the palate with berry blanket goodness engulfing the flavor receptors as the dark plum and blackberry flavors mesh with the smoky minerality through the refined finish. Grill something hearty and serve with the 2013 Troon Blue Label Malbec and it will convert anyone who’s on the fence about enjoying Malbec grown here in the states.

Rating: Excellent (91) | $29 | 13.7 % ABV

Troon Vineyards Blue Label Malbec