SLAGLE CREEK VINEYARDS AT LONGSWORD TASTING ROOM
SLAGLE CREEK VINEYARDS owner Bob Denman has produced top-quality, low-yield Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah for thirty-five years, hand-tending one of the highest-elevation winegrowing sites in the Applegate Valley. On a southwest-facing slope of stony loam that experiences warm days and cool nights, Denman’s old vine grapes develop intense varietal character sought-after by winemakers for their premium vintages.
In 2001 Denman established the Slagle Creek label, a brand that consistently earns top honors at regional and international competitions such as the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, and the Newport Seafood and Wine Festival.
Though his wines have retailed at outlets all over Southern Oregon for years, only recently have they had a winery tasting venue. Slagle Creek Merlot, Tempranillo, Syrah, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Port-style dessert wine, and a Tempranillo/Cabernet Sauvignon blend are currently offered for tasting at LongSword Vineyard in the heart of the Applegate Valley. And, in late-breaking news, a 2014 Zinfandel has been added to the Slagle Creek line-up. Made with fruit from 30-year-old vines and set for release around August 2016, this is a vintage that wine aficionados looking for the best the Applegate has to offer will want not want to miss.