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Troon Vineyard – Druids Fluid Biodynamic Red Blend

United States
Oregon
Wine
Red

The Facts

Origins United States > Oregon > Applegate Valley

Appellation Applegate Valley

Varietal Zinfandel

Winemaking Minimalist red blend, native primary, and malolactic fermentation. Aged in mature French oak barriques for one year.

Aging 1 year in neutral oak

Alcohol Content 13.4 %

Production 1000 cases

Serendipity Markets California, Texas

The Character

Tasting Notes 90 Points Editor’s Selection The Wine Enthusiast - "Made from estate-grown biodynamic grapes in a blend intended for immediate drinking, this is a fun, fruity and front-loaded red wine with a mix of red fruits, leafy herbs, tobacco, tea and toast. It's a versatile wine that falls into no specific category but delivers pleasure from the first sniff to the last swallow."

Overall Bright, fresh, mouthwatering and fruit forward

Mouthfeel Zesty and refreshing

Aromas "This wine is all about the mouthfeel and vibe, which is fresh, inviting and delightful” Terroirist

Selling Point 1st wine in world to carry the ROC logo

Pairings Burgers, Pizza,

Awards 92 James Suckling (2020), 90 Wine Enthusiast "Editor's Choice" (2020), 90 Terroirist (2020)

Sustainability Certified Biodynamic t, Certified Organic t, Vegan t, Natural Fermentation t

The Story

A new label was needed as we have totally reconceived an Oregon tradition — Druid’s Fluid — as estate Biodynamic® Oregon Blends. The Druid’s Spiral on our new label expresses the Druid’s connections to the mysteries, energy and power of the natural world — concepts deeply connected to our biodynamic farming and winemaking.
It is always our goal to honor the important role that Dick Troon played in the wine history of Oregon when he first planted vines here in 1972. Dick was quite the personality and there are many, many charming stories about his irascible personality, many of which are certainly apocryphal, which may be the case in the creation story (myth?) of the wine Druid’s Fluid.
That story, as told to us by more than one person, was that one vintage Dick had a stuck fermentation that left some unfermented sugar in the wine. When he shared this slightly sweet red wine with his neighbors it was a hit. Consumer preferences in wine have changed somewhat since the 1970s. The owners after Dick tried to make the concept a bigger brand by buying a lot of fruit from other growers. The result was, to say the least, less charming than Dick’s wine.
When we took over at Troon, we did not know quite what to do with Druid’s Fluid. The first year, 2016, we had to deal with existing grape contracts. By 2017, we had ended those contracts but had several vineyard blocks that did not live up to our vision for Troon Vineyard that ended up in Druid’s Fluid. To say the least, the last few vintages have been transitional for Druid’s Fluid.
That transition is over. These two wines you have just received were made with intention — a key element of biodynamics. Our first step was to make these wines only from Biodynamic® certified estate grapes. This dropped production by almost 90% from the previous owners. The next was our concept for the wines. As unabashed lovers of red and white Côtes du Rhone wines, that’s where we found our inspiration. We wanted to make wines that over-delivered — after all, isn’t a winery defined more by the quality of their least expensive wine than their most expensive?
That’s how these wines evolved. Now each year our Biodynamic® Oregon Estate Blends will be an expression of our vineyard in a particular vintage. The blends will change vintage-to-vintage expressing the natural cycles of life on our farm and are crafted to be enjoyed upon release. The majority of the wines that go into these blends are from vines that were farmed from the beginning for these wines — again intentionality. At Troon, we know before bud break which rows will be used for each wine. Then we select a few additional barrels that will add complexity and depth to these blends.
The label and the wines are not the only thing that is totally new about these releases. Both carry our new ingredient labeling on the back label, which all of our wines will carry moving forward. Our Biodynamic® Oregon Red Blend is the first wine in the world offered for sale with the Regenerative Organic Certified™ certification on the label — a point of great pride for us.

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Brand Story

Troon Vineyard is dedicated to regenerative agriculture and we practice biodynamics in 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.


Brand Story

Troon Vineyard is dedicated to regenerative agriculture and we practice biodynamics in 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.

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