Ransom Wines & Spirits 2017 Albarino, Willamette Valley
Item Number: 11717
Sub Region: Willamette Valley
Appellation/AVA: Willamette Valley
Grape(s): 100% Albarino
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Closure: Screw Cap
Alc by Vol(%): 12
Residual Sugar(g/L): 6.6
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Case Production: 268
Vintage Notes: A snowy winter gave way to a relatively cool and wet spring, and bud break in Oregon started in mid-April, resulting in the utterance of the word “normal” by winemakers around the Willamette Valley for the first time in years. In July, August, and early September, the weather was hot and dry, but a mid-September cooling trend slowed ripening at the final moments, allowing for additional hang time and flavor development while keeping the wines in perfect balance until harvest began in early October.
Winemaking Notes: The fruit was destemmed and left on skins for one hour before pressing. The juice was then settled and racked to stainless steel tanks and neutral oak barrels, where the juice was fermented in small lots for thirty to sixty days at low temperatures. Fermentation was halted using a chiller, and the wine was then aged an additional thirty days sur lie before being racked, blended, lightly bentonite fined, filtered, and bottled.
Tasting Notes: Adopted from a hillside cooled by maritime winds and a long rainy season in Spain and planted in another such climate in the coolest parts of the Willamette Valley, this wine presents a compelling case for a new home for Albariño. The 2017 Albariño opens with fresh and vibrant aromatics of Meyer lemon and wildflower honey. On the palate, acid-driven flavors of lemon pastille and Asian pear complement layers of minerality and sur lie creaminess. The wine finishes with nerve and great energy.