Ransom

  • “Visit the farm south of Sheridan to which Seestedt moved three years ago… if you want to experience some of the best wine values I’ve tasted anywhere in America since I was introduced to them a half dozen years ago. Wine was part of Seestedt’s labors from the beginning, and fortunately for U.S. oenophiles, he’s now ramping back up a bit – developing new vineyard contacts and contracts.”
    –David Schildknecht, Wine Advocate

Ransom has been producing tiny batches of outstanding Oregon wines since the 1999 vintage. Little more than a one-man operation, Tad Seestedt is the driving force behind it all. Sourcing fruit from responsibly farmed, family run vineyards around Oregon, he produces a distinctive line up of Pinot Noirs, various whites, and lesser-known varietals from southern Oregon, as well as a line-up of carefully crafted spirits and vermouths*. 

He doesn’t have set rules when it comes to making the wines; he describes his decisions as being made based on “taste, the other four senses, a small degree of common sense, instinct, and, of course, what the grapes themselves want to do.” In other words, he keeps out of the way as much as possible and lets the wine express themselves true to the terroir and vintage.

For his spirits*, Tad follows traditional methods that reflect his home in the Oregon Cascades. The base wort is mashed and fermented on site weekly in small batches; organic grains are sourced locally and, where possible, incorporates barley grown on the Ransom farm. He distills his spirits in a hand-hammered, direct-fired French alembic pot still; Tad feels that a traditional distillation retains greater aromatic intensity and body from the raw materials, which are selected with great care. All of the selective cuts during distillation are made by taste and smell, without the use of computers or robots. 

Ransom was the first domestic winery in the Bowler Wine portfolio and his wines have always been a reference point for the kind we like to work with: small, authentic, and distinctive. The wines have only gotten better and better, and now with the addition of a stellar lineup of spirits, we’re as excited to offer them as we were back in 2003.

 

*Ransom spirits are only available through Bowler in Pennsylvania.

 

 

Image PRODUCT Description Country / Region Region Materials

DB3724-NV
Dry Vermouth
NV
Grain
ONLY AVAILABLE IN PA. The base wine is a blend of organically and conventionally farmed aromatic white varietals and Pinot Noir blanc.... Read More
United States Oregon

DB3723-NV
Sweet Vermouth
NV
Grain
ONLY AVAILABLE IN PA. The base wine for this sweet vermouth is a blend of organically and conventionally farmed aromatic white varietals,... Read More
United States Oregon

DB3720-NV
Old Tom Gin
NV
Grain
ONLY AVAILABLE IN PA. Developed in collaboration with historian, author, and mixologist extraordinaire David Wondrich, Old Tom is an... Read More
United States Oregon

DB3721-NV
Dry Gin
NV
Grain
ONLY AVAILABLE IN PA. Fashioned after Holland’s renowned malt wine genevers, Ransom Dry Gin combines the maltiness and hop aromas of the... Read More
United States Oregon

DB3722-NV
Rye-Barley-Wheat
NV
Grain
ONLY AVAILABLE IN PA. In its distillation methods, the Rye-Barley-Wheat is made traditionally: distilled in hand hammered, direct fire,... Read More
United States Oregon

DB6995-15
Pinot Noir "Jigsaw" Willamette Valley
2015
Pinot Noir
100% destemmed, fermented in 1.5 ton bins, aged in stainless steel for 10 months before bottling.  
United States Oregon

DB1781-15
Red Blend "Reds" Rogue Valley
2015
Cabernet Franc
42.9% Cabernet Franc 26.3% Tempranillo 16.1% Grenache 10.7% Malbec 4.0%   Dolcetto  Aged for 16 months in two year old French oak barrels.... Read More
United States Oregon

DB6089-17
Organic
Albariño Willamette Valley
2017
Albariño
50% Redford-Wetle Vineyard and 50% Ransom Estate Vineyard. Organically farmed, aged in a mix of neutral oak and stainless steel. The fruit... Read More
United States Oregon