Soft-textured and Plush: Troon Vineyards Blue Label Malbec

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

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About the Author:

Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to OregonLive.com (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.

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