Honor in Southern Oregon

Southern OregonWhile Oregon is known for its Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, southern Oregon excels in Bordeaux and Rhone Valley varieties as well as in Spain’s Tempranillo. Rogue Valley’s warmer temperatures are the key factor to the success of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Viognier and Tempranillo.

RoxyAnn Winery was founded in 2002 in Medford, Oregon on 20 acres of limestone and clay soil terroir. Formerly Hillcrest Orchard, tastings are held in the Honor Barn, a 1917 remnant of that orchard.  The structure was given its name while the property was still operating as an orchard.  Customers would take their fresh fruit and leave payment in an honor box.  During my visit the tasting room was fully staffed.RoxyAnn Tasting Room

RoxyAnn is a small production winery with about 15,000 cases per year. But that small production garners some high point ratings including a 90 point from Wine Spectator Tempranillo.

The 2012 Viognier has tropical fruit aromas with soft acidity and a musky heat. The tropical fruit flavors of pineapple and banana linger on the finish of this full, round white wine.

RoxyAnn 2011 TempranilloThe award winning 2011 Tempranillo has leather and oak aromas with undertones of cherry and blueberry. Full bodied and well balanced, it is a rich and satisfying wine.

The 2010 Syrah as deep, dark cherry and mocha aromas with a hint of pepper and iron. It is smooth, dark and juicy.

Roxyann is located at 3285 Hillcrest Road in Medford, Oregon.  Their web address is www.roxyann.com    The Honor Barn is open daily for tastings from 11 am to 6 pm.

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7 comments on “Honor in Southern Oregon

  1. Looks to have been pretty quiet when you were there? Jon and I visited a couple of years ago on a Friday, late afternoon. They were having a concert or event later that evening, and the place was packed, shoulder to shoulder!

  2. LOVE what’s coming out of Umpqua and Rogue Valleys! Quady North, Abacela, Foris are some of my favorites. Really, some of the most exciting wines in the U.S. are happening in this corner of Oregon. YAY!

    • foxress says:

      I agree! Such a beautiful area for wine! Are you near by? I am here all week and planning to visit some northern Willamette and Columbia Valley wineries. Are you close enough to join me for an afternoon?

  3. foxress says:

    I stopped by on a Sunday morning. The main bar was busy but not packed. You are lucky to be so close to this gorgeous wine region!

  4. foxress says:

    I will see you at the book signing!

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