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Troon Vineyard – Druids Fluid Biodynamic White Blend

United States
Oregon
Wine
White

The Facts

Origins United States > Oregon > Applegate Valley

Appellation Applegate Valley

Winemaking Whole cluster pressed, native primary and malolactic in neutral French oak barrels, aged on the lees for 8 months

Aging 8 months on the lees in neutral oak

Alcohol Content 12.4 %

Production 500 cases

Serendipity Markets Texas

The Character

Tasting Notes "Light yellow color. The nose sports this salty, floral, citrus-popping appeal with lemon, orange, peach, with some chalky, flinty tones. The palate has this crisp, nervy, salty vibe, which works well with the lemon, orange peel and kiwi fruit. The floral and herbal complexity is really something, with this minty, celery seed, saline, honeysuckle tones and this pervasive sense of mountain stream freshness and mineral nerviness. So fun, so good." Terroirist

Overall Richly zesty and bright

Mouthfeel Round and complex

Aromas “A full-bodied white with sliced cooked-apple and lime undertones" James Suckling

Selling Point 94 points James Suckling

Pairings All shellfish/chicken/Asian dishes

Awards 94 James Suckling (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.

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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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