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Ransom Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Gris 2012

Pinot Gris/Grigio from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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12.4% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

This terroir-driven Pinot Gris from the old vines in the Eola-Hills opens with aromas of heirloom pears, clover blossom, and Meyer lemon. The palate offers vibrant acidity and flavors of fresh melon and almond brioche punctuated by an elegant vein of minerality. The wine finishes with energy and length, leaving behind an impression of citrus zest and sea minerals.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 89
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Originating in Cattrall and Temperance Hill vineyards, the Ransom 2012 Pinot Gris fermented unusually slowly due to an especially cold winter, and didn't finish until May, though when it did, there was but negligible residual sugar remaining (whereas on other occasions, Ransom Pinot Gris have harbored up to a half-dozen grams), and - also unusually - had completed malo-lactic transformation. Ample and subtly creamy, this still offers more than enough refreshing primary juiciness and an abundance of ripe peach as if close to the core: subtly piquant and salty in a manner that really stimulates the salivary glands.
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Ransom

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Ransom, Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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Ransom Spirits was started by Tad Seestedt in 1997 with a small life savings and a fistful of credit cards. The name was chosen to represent the debt incurred to start the business - Tad was paying his own ransom to realize his dream.

Ransom wines exemplify true varietal character and express the individuality of the growers, vineyards, and vintages. Choosing vineyards with a commitment to quality and sustainability is always the first step, but they must also have pure expression of terroir, unique flavors, and a fellow iconoclast aboard the tractor. Ransom seeks out old vine, high elevation sites, many in the Eola Hills, which have the innate nerve and balanced acidity to make evocative, food-friendly wines naturally.

Eola-Amity Hills

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Running north to south, adjacent to the Willamette River, the Eola-Amity Hills AVA has shallow and well-drained soils created from ancient lava flows (called Jory), marine sediments, rocks and alluvial deposits. These soils force vine roots to dig deep, producing small grapes with great concentration. Like in the McMinnville sub-AVA, cold Pacific air streams in via the VanDuzer corridor and assists the maintenance of higher acidities in its grapes. This great concentration, combined with marked acidity, give the Eola-Amity Hills wines—namely Pinot noir—their distinct character. While the region covers 40,000 acres, no more than 1,400 acres are covered in vine.

Pinot Gris/Grigio

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Showing a unique rosy, purplish hue upon full ripeness, this “white” variety is actually born out of a mutation of Pinot noir. The grape boasts two versions of its name, as well as two generally distinct styles. In Italy, Pinot grigio achieves most success in the mountainous regions of Trentino and Alto Adige as well as in the neighboring Friuli—all in Italy’s northeast. France's Alsace and Oregon's Willamette Valley produce some of the world's most well-regarded Pinot gris wine. California produces both styles with success.

In the Glass

Pinot Gris is naturally low in acidity but full ripeness is necessary to achieve and showcase its signature flavors and aromas of stone fruit, citrus, honeysuckle, pear and almond. Alsatian styles are aromatic (think rose and honey), richly textured and sometimes relatively higher in alcohol compared to its Italian counterparts. As Pinot Grigio in Italy, the style is often much lighter, charming and fruit driven.

Perfect Pairings

The viscosity of a typical Alsatian Pinot Gris allows it to fit in harmoniously with the region's rich foods like pork, charcuterie and foie gras. Pinot Grigio, on the other hand, with its lean, crisp, citrusy freshness, works well as an aperitif wine or with seafood and subtle chicken dishes.

Sommelier Secret

Given the color of its berries and aromatic and characterful potential if cared for as it is allowed to fully ripen, the Pinot grigio variety is actually one that is commonly used to make "orange wines." An orange wine is a white wine made in the red wine method, i.e. with fermentation on its skins. This process leads to a wine with more ephemeral aromas, complexity on the palate and a pleasant, light orange hue.

RVLLC13RSPG_2012 Item# 141828