The late Dick Troon helped pioneer the modern-day wine industry in Southern Oregon, establishing his vineyard in the historic Applegate Valley in 1972. Herb Quady helped put this popular blend of Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel on the map, and this marks Steve Hall’s first vintage since succeeding Quady. It’s fun from start to finish, carrying hints of cherry punch, smoky black currant, cola and mincemeat spices. There’s a good grip to the fine-grained tannins and abundant acidity akin to Montmorency cherry and pomegranate juice easily balances the 1.5% residual sugar. All those factors, including the low alcohol, combine to make it quite a quaffer that fits right along with sliders, pizza or hearty pasta.
Production: 4,800 cases