Ransom Wines & Spirits 2012 'Archive' Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
Item Number: 13605
Sub Region: Willamette Valley
Appellation/AVA: Willamette Valley
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Case Production: 212
The wine comes from low yielding, mature, own rooted vines, grown in cool, slow ripening sites and raised without the use of irrigation. That fruit, combined with artisanal and minimal intervention winemaking techniques, assures the highest degree of vintage and terroir expression. This bottle is meant to heighten the sense of delight and fulfillment found in gathering to eat and drink. Please raise a toast to health and happiness through good meals and conversation.
Aging: 20 months in mixed French 2-year oak, 5 years in bottle before release
Fruit Source: This is a blend of Tad Seestedt's most ageworthy Pinot's from the 2012 vintage. He released this beautiful blend to the market in 2019.
- Cattrall Vineyard, Certified Organic
- Termperance Hill Vineyard, Certified Organic
- Zielinski Vineyard
Tasting Notes: The 2012 Archive Pinot Noir is a vivid portrayal of the volcanic Eola Hills as only own-rooted old vines can express it. Opening with concentrated aromas of black plums and forest floor, a swirl of the glass reveals a graceful soprano note of black cap raspberries and wild iris. On the palate, fruit-forward richness is punctuated by a bright streak of terroir-driven acidity and hints of fines herbes. A mouthful of fine-boned, velveteen tannins carry flavors of wild cherry and pie spice. The wine finishes long and resonant, with wild berries and earth.
2012 Vintage Notes: 2012 was an outstanding vintage, marked by a long and mild growing season. A warm spring allowed bud break to happen on time, and a few rain showers during bloom served to reduce yields. The summer was summer with warm weather and very little rain, conditions which continued into the early fall. A period of cool, dry weather in early October allowed the grapes additional hang time, and harvest began in earnest in mid-October. Remember 2012 as a classic Oregon vintage with great weather and low yields. All of our fruit came in ripe and sound. The wines show excellent concentration and intense flavors.