Ransom Wines & Spirits 2015 Albarino, Willamette Valley
Item Number: 10494
Sub Region: Willamette Valley
Appellation/AVA: Willamette Valley
Grape(s): 100% Albarino
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.6
Residual Sugar(g/L): 5.0 g/L
Total Acidity: 6.2
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Elevation: 320 - 350 feet
Case Production: 175
Fruit Source: Redford-Wetle Vineyard and Ransom Estate Vineyard; both certified organic
Vintage Notes: Echoing the touted 2014 vintage, conditions for the 2015 vintage were optimal throughout the growing season. The season began with warm weather conditions in the winter that continued throughout spring and summer, resulting in bud break and bloom occurring about three weeks ahead of normal under exceptionally favorable conditions. A few light showers in late August and cooler weather in September offered a welcome break in a hot, sunny summer. As a result, the abundant crop of fruit showed balance in addition to ripeness and concentration. Harvest began in early September, making 2015 one of the earliest harvests on record. The fruit arrived in pristine condition, with virtually no sign of disease or bird damage.
Winemaking Notes: The fruit was divided into two lots; half was whole cluster pressed and half was destemmed and left on skins for four hours before pressing. The juice was then settled and racked to stainless steel drums, neutral oak barrels, and a small stainless steel tank. It fermented in small lots using QA23, VL1, Vintage White, and 58W3 yeast strains for sixty days at low temperatures. The wine aged an additional thirty days sur lie before being racked, blended, lightly bentonite fined, filtered, and bottled.
Tasting Notes: Adopted from a hillside cooled by maritime winds and a long rainy season in Spain and planted in another such climate in the coolest parts of the Willamette Valley, this wine presents a compelling case for growing Albariño in Oregon. The wine opens with lush, effusive aromatics of pineapple and white peach. On the palate, there are flavors of key lime and lemon shortbread and a deft balance between vibrant, fruit-driven acidity and sur lie creaminess. The wine finishes with energy and sophistication, leaving behind impressions of linden blossoms and sea minerals.