We at Vine Arts have long been fans of Ransom. Tad Seestedt, Ransom’s purveyor, started a small brandy, grappa, and eau de vie company back in 1997, which since has blossomed into a source of great wine and distinctive spirits from Oregon.
Ransom’s farm is nestled in Oregon’s Coastal Mountain Range in the Willamette Valley. In 2008 Tad and his team acquired a farm outside of Sheridan Oregon where they grow barley and have planted vines, both of which are certified organic.
In the making of his high caliber wines, Tad seeks out the best old vine sites, often in the Eola Hills. Acidity is a key feature Tad looks for when sourcing the fruit for his wines. His wines tend to be a thrilling combination of food worthy and complex, but with the added benefit of sheer drinkability.
On top of Exceptional wines, Tad makes fantastic spirits. Everything is done by hand, taste, and smell, with the absence of modern mechanization in the distillation process. The spirits are distilled in a French Alembic pot still. This traditional way of distilling spirits means the finished product is more intense, more aromatic, and more intriguing, all of which are big pluses in our books.
We have a wide selection of Tad’s portfolio on our shelves right now and we are excited about it! We tend to sell out much more quickly than we’d like, but it is always worth the wait for the next shipment.
We aren’t playing favourites, but you should definitely get your hands on the following wines sooner rather than later (they won’t be here long). They are all new to us this year and we are so jazzed on them and hope you will be too!
Ransom Cattrall Vineyard Pinot Gris 2018 - Eola Amity Hills, Oregon $32
This single vineyard plot comes from own-rooted old vines that are known for showing great terroir and density of flavour. After a long, cool fermentation the wine was aged for 40 days sur lie. Think rustic pear and fruit-filled pastry. This wine has the desirable pairing of lovely texture and great acidity.
Ransom Rosato Frizzante 2019 - Eola Amity Hills, Oregon $42
This 100% Pinot Noir was partially fermented, then lightly filtered and blended before being bottled with additional yeast in order to create the perfect frothy fizz. This wine is so crisp and so zingy. Chock full of juicy watermelon, pale spring strawberry, and pink blossomy flavours, this wine is a serious hit with the staff at Vine Arts. Easy to drink and easy to love!
Ransom Redford Albarino - Willamette Valley, Oregon $33
The Ransom Albarino was whole cluster pressed then vinified in a mix of stainless steel and neutral oak vessels using only indigenous yeast. The low temperature fermentation took 30-80 days depending on the batch. Fermentation was halted at 8 g/L of residual sugar which is barely noticeable and only acts to balance the searingly bright acidity in this wine. This wine has zesty lemon and electric minerality, which just enough texture from lees contact. Fresh. Bright. Lively.
And we’d be remiss if we forgot to remind you of our stalwart favourites:
Ransom Sunnyside Riesling $31
Ransom Jigsaw Pinot Noir $36
Ransom Redford Albarino $33
Ransom Old Tom Gin $66
Ransom Dry Gin $59
Ransom Sweet Red Vermouth $24.50
Ransom “The Whippersnapper” Whiskey $61