Ransom Wines & Spirits 2015 Pinot Noir, Cattrall Vineyard, Eola-Amity Hills
Item Number: 13604
Sub Region: Willamette Valley
Appellation/AVA: Eola-Amity Hills
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vineyard Designation: Cattrall Vineyard
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Total Acidity: 6.7 g/L
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Medium depth ancient basaltic soils
Elevation: 750 feet
Case Production: 94
Vineyard Notes: Cattrall Vineyard was planted in 1973 and 1979 to own-rooted Wadenswil and Upright Pinot Noir clones. The vineyard has been farmed organically since inception and is currently certified organic. The vineyard has been family owned and farmed for five generations since 1916.
Winemaking Notes: The fruit was 100% destemmed with a high percentage of whole berries to 1.5 ton fermenters. Six-day cold soaks ensured gentle yet thorough extraction of color and flavor. The small lots were fermented with BRG and BGY strain yeast for ten days and hand punched two to three times daily. The wine was aged twenty months in 2-year-old mixed French cooperage before being blended and bottled. This wine was minimally processed from 100% free run juice without fining or filtration.
Vintage Notes: Echoing the touted 2014 vintage, conditions for the 2015 vintage were optimal throughout the growing season. The season began with warm weather 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.
Tasting Notes: At once earthly and ethereal, the 2015 Cattrall Vineyard portrays the rich history of the volcanic Eola Hills as only own-rooted old vines can express it. Opening with concentrated aromas of black cherry and forest floor, a swirl of the glass reveals notes of wild berries and sarsaparilla. On the palate, juicy, fruit-forward richness is punctuated by a bright streak of terroir-driven acidity. Fine, velveteen tannins carry flavors of cherry bark and crushed raspberry. The wine finishes long and resonant, with hints of sweet earth and pie spice. Youthful and exuberant now, it will cellar and offer increasingly profound insights into its terroir for a decade or more.