ONLY AVAILABLE IN PA.
The base wine for this sweet vermouth is a blend of organically and conventionally farmed aromatic white varietals, including Gewurztraminer, Muscat, Riesling and Pinot Gris.
Ransom 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 distinguished mainstay of the era’s most popular drinks: the Martinez, the Martini, the Marguerite, and across the pond, the Manhattan. While these are original recipes with elements of whimsy, these vermouth's are fundamentally classical formulations, with eponymous base notes of wormwood. These vermouths lend depth, complexity, and elegance to cocktails both classic and modern and are worthy aperitifs either neat or on ice.
The production of vermouth is the great bridge between the winemaking and distilling trades. Small lots of aromatic white grapesare fermented and blended using traditional techniques to maximize varietal expression, such as fermenting whites on the skins and employing carefully controlled oxidation of wine in barrel. Taking another cue from classic European vermouth houses, Ransom uses a solera system to maintain the consistency and complexity of this unique base wine blend across vintages. These base wines are fortified with brandy made in house from a blend of wines from Pacific Northwest grapes, barrel aged in mixed French oak. Once fortified, the wine is then infused with a proprietary blend of aromatic botanicals, divined through two years of test batches and blending trials.