Ransom Wines & Spirits (375 ml) Sweet Vermouth, Oregon (35.6 proof)

Ransom Wines & Spirits (375 ml) Sweet Vermouth, Oregon (35.6 proof)

Item Number: 11069

UPC: 0-665991040833

Country: USA
Region: Oregon
Sub Region: Willamette Valley
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): White Wine / Botanical Infusion
Type: Spirits - Vermouth
Bottle Size: 375 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: T Top
Alc by Vol(%): 17.8

Voted Top 100 Spirits of 2020 by Wine Enthusiast

Notes from Tad Seestedt: "Ransom Sweet Vermouth harkens back to the flourishing cocktail culture of the Belle Époque, when joie de vivre filled the air, and vermouth made the evolutionary leap from charlatan snake oil and disguised refuse to a distinguished mainstay of the era's most popular drinks: the Martinez, the Martini, the Marguerite, and the Manhattan. As a revival in the mixing of these classic cocktails encouraged us to bring such endangered spirits as Old Tom Gin back into production, we yearned for an aperitif with the aromatic complexity and grace to complement our spirits. So began the era of vermouth at Ransom."

Production Notes: Ransom's production of vermouth is the great bridge between their winemaking and distilling trades. Beginning in the winery with small lots of aromatic white grapes, Tad Seestedt carefully ferments and blends wines of elegance and character. Tad employs traditional techniques to maximize varietal expression, such as fermenting Gewurztraminer on the skins, making botrytised Riesling and employing carefully controlled oxidation of wine in barrel. Taking a cue from classic European vermouth houses, they employ a solera system, which allows consistency and complexity to maintain similar across vintages.

In the distillery, he alambically distills and barrel ages brandy from the house-made base wine for fortification. Next, the vermouth is infused with a blend of aromatic botanicals divined through five years of trials. Sweetened ever so slightly with a blend of Muscat grape juice, maple syrup and turbinado sugar and gently filtered before bottling. While this is an original recipe, the Ransom Sweet Vermouth is based on the classic formula that is rooted in flavors of wormwood and quinate bark. It lends depth, complexity and elegance to cocktails both classic and modern.

Base Wine: A blend of organically and conventionally farmed aromatic white varietals including Gewurztraminer, Muscat, Riesling and Pinot Gris.

Fortifying Brandy: Alambic pot distilled in house from a blend of wines from Pacific Northwest grapes. Barrel aged in mixed French oak.

Infusion: Wormwood*, Sarsaparilla*, Sassafras, Wild Cherry Bark*, Red Cinchona Bark, Dandelion Root*, Hibiscus Flower*, Orris' Root, Cardamom' Pods*, Blessed Thistle*, Chamomile*, Orange Peel*, Verbena*, Spearmint Leaf*, Cinnamon Bark*, Arch Angel Root*, Lemon Peel*, Vanilla Beans, Cacao Nibs, Coffee Beans, Walnuts, Black Mission Figs, Medjool Dates, Dried Cherries.

Sweeteners: Turbinado Sugar*, Muscat Grape Juice, Maple Syrup

(* denotes Organic ingredient)


  • The Tasting Panel
    Rating: 92 (3/1/2015)

    With a list of 24 "home-grown" and imported botanicals on its label, the dream sequence of flavors skips across the tongue. Some standout notes include sarsaparilla, cinnamon bark, black mission figs and cacao nibs. You won't want to wake up.
  • Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 90 (11/1/2016)

    Packed with citrus and dried fruit, this bold, tawny-orange vermouth has a scent that suggests dried orange peel and dried fig, while the palate mixes grapefruit, orange and honey. The herbal finish is redolent of warm chamomile, cardamom and baking spice.
  • Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 92 (12/22/2020)

    The bold, rich aroma is redolent with cocoa, cinnamon, fig jam and strawberry compote. The palate echoes the nose, layering on dried date, walnut and strawberry-rhubarb, winding into a gentle, lingering waft of cocoa and spice.