2012 The Archive Pinot Noir
"Dark and deep in the core of the visual with very little rim variation, it seems to be bright in the glass. The aroma, however, offers a forward pinch of spice upon first whiff, along with sun-dried cherries, stewed raspberries and strawberry jam. A whisper of sassafras, cola, dried herbs and crushed red flowers all add to the aromatic complexity. The oak spice is bold and leads with cedar, cumin, vanilla and smoke. On the palate, the wine is still quite firm and bold - mouth-filling and powerful." - Brett Zimmerman, Master Sommelier
212 cases produced.
The fruit was 100% destemmed to 1.5 ton fermenters. Four to six day cold soaks ensured gentle yet thorough extraction of color and flavor. The small lots were fermented with wild and cultured yeasts for an average of eight days and hand punched two to three times daily, then aged twenty months in mixed twice filled French cooperage before being blended and bottled. This wine was minimally processed from 100% free run juice without fining or filtration.
About the Archive Project
At Ransom, we craft our wines to age gracefully, but we know not everyone cellars wine. We created The Archive to showcase our wine as it reaches maturity. For this bottling, we blend a few barrels we believe are particularly age-worthy and exceptional and age the blend in bottle at Ransom, to be released only when we feel the wine is reaching its peak. Our high elevation, old vine sites in the Eola Hills produce wines with vivid natural acidity, excellent structure, and balanced alcohol levels—the wines are delicious in their youth, and even better with age.