2020 Troon 'Druids Fluid' Biodynamic Red Blend
Region: Applegate Valley > Oregon
Grapes: Zinfandel, Malbec, and Tempranillo.
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Certified regenerative organic (2020) and Demeter-certified biodynamic (2018), heavy focus on regenerative agriculture; whole cluster fermentation in stainless steel then aged in used oak; bottled unfined/unfiltered with zero added So2; 13.6% ABV
Winemaker: Nate Wall
Troon Vineyard is an amazing Oregon project dedicated to regenerative agriculture, and biodynamics, which they say stems from "our quest to put back more than we take from our plants and soils. We believe the only route to memorable wines, that reflect the terroir of where they were grown, is to be found in the healthy soils and vines that are the foundation of biodynamic agriculture". They're both Demeter Biodynamic® Certified and Regenerative Organic Certified™️ (there are only 120 of these in the whole world!)
Troon's 'Druid Fluid' Red is inspired by the traditional Cotes du Rhone blends. It smells pretty, sort of Gamay-esque and floral, gushing with strawberries and cherries, along with rose petals. Zesty with brisk acidity and dusty tannins on the palate, you also get those same juicy strawberries, plus cherries, raspberries and coffee. This wine is all about the mouthfeel and vibe, which is fresh, bright and satisfyingly substantial. The perfect BBQ wine that's as nice with a slight chill as it is at room temp.