Surprised is the first word that comes to mind. Based on previous reviews of other Troon wines from recent years . . . this one surprised me.
Up until about 6 months ago, my wife and I were club members and avid fans of Troon. But many of their recent wines began to make a turn toward high acidity and strong alcohol . . . and that’s just not my thing. So, consequently we decided to move on to other adventures.
On our last visit, I tasted this Cab and found it to be enjoyable, but anticipated a much longer rack time. Upon rediscovering it in my cellar I decided to give it a look and see. Very pleasantly surprised.
The aroma is not heavy fruit, as some Cabs can be, but is quite smoky. Upon first taste I noted that it is quite smooth, though typically astringent . . . but not overly so. The fruit is subtle yet does make its presence known. It is nicely balanced and would be excellent with a meaty entrée. I would recommend this supple Cab . . . try it the next time you find yourself in Carlton, Oregon or on the Applegate trail outside of Medford.