Patience pays off at Trium
In 2003 Trium Wines opened its tasting room atop a hill overlooking the Rogue Valley. Trium, founded by Laura and Kurt Lotspeich, and two other families, was one of the first wineries in Southern Oregon.
Then, in 2017, current owner Anthony Corallo purchased it, and the new tasting room in downtown Talent opened in October of the following year.
A dozen years later, on the cusp of its 20th anniversary, Trium Wines (Trium means “of three”) is fusing cultures, upholding traditions and evolving its wine.
Corallo, a Southern Oregon native, was a Trium wine club member and commuted from the Bay Area, often via Napa, “developing my palate and considering wine as a retirement career.”
Embracing tradition in a more Old World-style of crafting and aging wines, he says, “We are very patient with our wines. We keep most wines in barrel one to two years, and in bottle another one to two. We will never use additives to make it drinkable earlier, and we use only native yeasts. We try to make our wine as scrumptious as possible.”
Corallo remodeled an existing building and added a spacious, private patio in the back. It offers live music outside every Friday, with fire pits and heaters for chilly nights.
“Opening the tasting room and having Carmen Munoz as the manager has created an evolution in the business. Our objective,” Corallo explains, “is to make sure we are providing not only premium wines but the experience, and that’s where Carmen comes in and provides exceptional experiences.”
Munoz was in the military for 10 years, and was a doctor in her native Dominican Republic before moving here in 2008. Much of her career here has been with corporations and pharmaceutical sales, but she’s happily embracing her new position. And her new position is a huge part of the Trium experience, as she is the chef.
“I cook everything from scratch. The Friday menu is up to 15 items that I do by myself. Everything is organic, fresh, and is a Latin fusion menu. We are continuing the legacy,” she says.
“We continue to evolve,” says Corallo. “We’re dedicated, we’re moving forward, doing things that are going to keep people excited.”
2017 Growers Cuvée is a rich blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet Franc. Its exquisite dark raspberry color shows off medium tannins with a smoky-tinged, dark-berries taste — the signature blend in traditional Trium style.
2018 Malbec begins with a deep fuchsia hue, followed with tobacco and leather on the nose. Highlighted flavors of deep berry and licorice mid-palate, it’s silky and flavorful but not overly complex.
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is jammy all around — color, nose, taste. Beautifully balanced tannins and layers of ripe cherries, rich chocolate and coffee bean. A classic cab that should age well.
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon has a black cherry bouquet. Pomegranate teases on the tip of tongue, followed with black currant and soft plum, finishing with a slight tang of cranberry.
2017 Grand Reserva Tempranillo opens with a bouquet of smoky licorice. First sip, I think of amber. The high tannins are smoothed by deep plum and wet stone. The finish is like high boots of Spanish leather.
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