2019 Ransom Reds
Opening with a vivid nose of fresh plum and THIS, the palate is dense and bright, with fine river stone tannins wrapped around a savory core with flavors of incense cedar and fines herbes. The Reds blend finishes with energy and power, leaving behind notes of cherry conserve and cigar box. Open and expressive now, it should cellar well for the better part of the decade.
40% Columbia Country Syrah - Columbia Valley AVA, 30% Columbia Country Merlot - Columbia Valley AVA and 30% Gold Vineyard Tinta Cão - Rogue Valley AVA.
2019 began with a warm, wet spring and bud break commenced on schedule in April. A cool spell of weather in June around bloom naturally modulated fruit set, lowering yields. The late spring and summer were warmer than average but lacked notable heat spikes, allowing for steady vine growth and development during the growing season through véraison, which took place in mid-August. A cooling trend starting in early September slowed ripening at the final moments, allowing for additional hang time and flavor development while keeping the fruit in perfect balance until harvest began in mid-September. The 2019 wines are marked by vibrant fruit flavors, ageworthy structure, and food-friendly acidity.
The fruit was 100% destemmed with a high percentage of whole berries to 1.5 ton fermenters. An elegant yet accessible blend of two of the world’s best known red varietals and an intriguing Portuguese varietal, Tinta Cão, the Ransom Reds blend is crafted to be lively and food friendly. Handpicked fruit was destemmed and carefully fermented in small lots. The wine was aged nine months in mixed French cooperage (30% Once-filled, 70% neutral). This wine was bottled without fining or filtration.
CASES PRODUCED: 336 VARIETAL COMPOSITION: -SYRAH (40%) -MERLOT (30%) -TINTA CAO (30%)