by Tom Joe The “Hops ‘R Better” Winer
From one Pyrenees to another Pyrénées
Craig says, “Troon Vineyard in Southern Oregon, about 1 hour from California. The vineyard is elevated to 1,400 feet in the Siskiyou Mountains. They do natural winemaking so all grapes are harvested by hand and crushed by foot for a more gentler process. No new oak is used, no added yeasts, acids, sugar, tannins or sulfur so the only thing in there fermenting is the grapes.”
“They use a process called co-fermentation as compared to blending; the blocks are next to each other, they’re put together and fermented together. In effect, you’re almost creating a new variety because they’re putting in two grapes with different chemistry into the same fermenter and it alters the way the fermentation proceeds. If you ever had a blend, you taste it one month and it tastes like one variety and two months later it tastes like the other variety – this technique will never act like that – you’ve created a totally new varietal.”
“The area gets a very different growing season because on the longest day of the year there are 17 more minutes of sunshine than Napa but the seasons are much shorter, so that helps catch up and ripen the fruit. And during Autumn here, it gets much shorter with fewer hours of sunlight, hence lower sugar accumulation preserving acidity, but it is still warm so a flavor still develops. So you get richly flavored wines with moderate alcohol & high acid.”
The name Cuvée Pyrénées is derived from the Pyrenees Mountains – it is as the home of where Tannat comes from, so Southwest France. The grapes making up this wine are:
- 62% Tannat
- 38% Malbec
Troon Vineyard: “We craft wines of purity and energy to bring pleasure to your life”
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