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30-Year Tawny

30-Year Tawny Non Vintage

Wine Spectator - Kim Marcus - October 05, 2016

95 Points “Very rich and filled with complex, layered flavors of hazelnut, butterscotch and dried red fruit. White chocolate notes linger on the fresh, vibrantly spiced finish. A textbook aged tawny Port. Drink now.”

30-Year Tawny Non Vintage Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Mark Squires - December 31, 2015

94 Points "The NV RP 30 Year Old Tawny Port comes in with 119 grams per liter of residual sugar and was bottled in 2015. This is the new release. This mingles complexity of flavor with a fresh and surprisingly elegant feel (relative to the category, of course). The finish is very long, complex and persistent, adding new flavors as it lingers. Beautifully constructed and balanced, this is a 30 that starts with a bit of understatement and keeps getting more impressive. It's fun to just smell, but you expect that with long-aged Tawnies. The lift to the fruit and the sunny demeanor aren't always as guaranteed. It has a surprisingly supple and fresh style that I rather appreciated, delivering those old Tawny flavors while also seeming remarkably elegant. Then, it finishes with that big acidity. It was notably better a few days later, no longer seeming quite so understated, particularly in regards to its concentrated flavors and intense aromatics. Note that this comes with a bar top cork."

Wine & Spirits - Joshua Greene - December 01, 2015

95 Points Year's Best Port "As an outsider, it’s easy to know it when you taste it. There’s no mistaking the freshness in this wine, though it lives mysteriously in complete harmony with its aged character, provoking an immediate sense of pleasure (the yum response) followed by an extended moment of meditation. Are you tasting dried cherries? Smelling the scent of mushrooms in the forest? The fresh zest of an orange or the mineral sense of tannins turned to silk? Whatever that fragrant, delicate thing may be, it’s likely to catch your attention and hold it, suspending time while you think about another sip."

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - October 2015

94 Points "The wonderful old-gold color of this tawny leads into a generous, rich wine that has retained fruits while also showing a woody character that is typical of wines this old. With spice, dried raisins and intense acidity, it is a beautiful wine that deserves to be drunk just by itself."

Wine Spectator - Kim Marcus - February 01, 2014

94 Points RECOMMENDED "Top Tawny & Late Bottled Port" Intense, crisp and concentrated, featuring mouthfilling flavors of salted almond, dried apricot and pear tart, supported by plenty of fresh acidity. Very refined, with unctuous ripe citrus, toffee and chocolate flavors that fill the rich finish. Drink now. 425 cases made.

Wine Spectator - Kim Marcus - October 01, 2013

94 Points “Intense, crisp and concentrated, featuring mouthfilling flavors of salted almond, dried apricot and pear tart, this port is supported by plenty of fresh acidity. Very refined, with unctuous ripe citrus, toffee and chocolate flavors that fill the rich finish."

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - April 2013

93 Points "Deep gold in color, this is a finely perfumed, toffee-rich wine, with a tannic edge, wood flavor, intense acidity and great concentration. It’s a great example of aged tawny, and it’s ready to drink now."

Wine Spectator - Kim Marcus - June 30, 2012

92 Points "Redolent of dried apricot and pear, with sage honey notes to the concentrated toffee and butterscotch flavors. The complex finish features dried mango and citrus. Drink now."

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - December 31, 2011

92 Points "Aged for around 30 years in wood, this wine has gained the most delicious toffee character to go with the old gold feel and wood acidity. There is a lovely rounded character, so smooth as well as intense. The Port is bottled ready to drink."

Wine Spectator - Kim Marcus - December 15, 2010

92 Points "Aromas of peat announce this grand dowager, with polished dried cherry and berry flavors that feature notes of lemon zest and plum pudding. The long finish oozes fig paste, caramel and chocolate. Very silky."

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - February 2009

92 points "With its age, this has developed complexity and subtlety, very much a hallmark of the elegant Ramos-Pinto style. The wood flavors are evident, not quite dominant, leaving room for bitter orange and spice along with acidity that could come either from the aging or the fruit. The finish is properly long, fading gracefully."

Wine Enthusiast - W.E. - October 2004

92 Points "Like so many of the Portuguese houses, Ramos-Pinto takes special pride in its tawnies, with the 30-year being the crowning glory. It's a delicate wine, one that has gained many times in complexity what it has lost in weight. Almeida likens it to "an aged person who has a lot of things to tell you." Hazelnuts and walnuts, dried apricots and citrus fruits, honey, the list of descriptors goes on and on."

Adriano White Wine

Adriano White Wine 2005 Archived REVIEWS

Food & Wine : Wine Guide 2008 - Jamal A. Rayyis - 2008

2 Stars (Very Good) "Its array of pear, lemon and spiced berry flavors enlivened by minerals makes this Douro an ideal aperitif wine."

The Wine Advocate - Mark Squires - December 2007

87 points "The 2005 Adriano has a certain maturity to it that the ’06, understandably, does not have. It has a certain roundness and a feeling of depth and solidity to it in contrast to the youthful 2006, which is perkier, lighter, fresher and brighter. They will each have their adherents and uses. Both are very good values, and both are best enjoyed in the first two to three years or so after release, although they may hold a little longer. Drink now-2009."

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - September 2007

87 points "Zingy, touched with honey and ripe, soft fruits. Flavors of green plum, thyme and lime gives this lift and a light, white aftertaste."

Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition - 2007

Silver Medal

Tasters Guild International Wine Judging - 2007

Bronze Medal

Collector Reserva

Collector Reserva Non Vintage Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - Kim Marcus - June 30, 2012

88 Points "Lots of fresh crushed dark plum, chocolate and dark cherry flavors are firm and supported by fresh acidity. The finish is lively, with good grip."

Food & Wine - Richard Nalley - November 2005

Recommended Vintage- "The ultra-smooth, elegant Collector……ready to drink now and priced midway between basic ruby ports and the more expensive late bottled vintage."

Long Beach Grand Cru Wine Competition - July 17, 2005

Chairman's Best of C

Spirit Journal - F. Paul Pacult - March 2004

Highly Recommended - "The dense deep purple/black color is opaque; the first few sniffs are treated to intensely ripe and plummy scents that delight the olfactory sense - time in the copita acts to deepen the concentrated black cherry/ blackberry fruit components; the palate entry is firm, semisweet, and viscous - by the midpalate stage, the fruit begins to resemble black plums/ raisins more than berries/ cherries as the flacor profile reaches and achieves a fine dried fruit character; concludes richly, properly waxy and luscious."

Duas Quintas

Duas Quintas 2006 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - Kim Marcus - October 31, 2008

88 points, A Portugu "This snappy, juicy red, shows wild plum, red berry and currant flavors. The bright finish lingers with notes of mineral, smoke and spice. Drink now through 2011."

Duas Quintas Red

Duas Quintas Red 2015

Wine Spectator - Gillian Sciaretta - November 30, 2017

90 Points "This fresh, full-bodied red shows focus, with firm, integrated tannins guiding the plum, wild raspberry and sandalwood flavors underscored by graphite, pepper and spice accents. Aromas of tea and underbrush add detail to the long finish."

The Wine Advocate - Mark Squires - August 31, 2017

90 Points "The 2015 Duas Quintas is a blend of 39% Touriga Nacional and 34% Touriga Franca, with the rest a field blend of miscellaneous others typical of the region, like Tinta Roriz and Tinta Amarela. About half the juice was aged in wood (20% in well-used French barriques, 30% in tonels) for 13 months. It comes in at 14% alcohol. This is a wonderful and classic regular 2015 tinto. As the pattern goes, this level generally has only modest concentration compared to the Reserva or years like 2011, but it has a wonderfully fresh feel that lifts intensely flavorful fruit. So, too, here—and in a year like this, you can double down on the freshness and flavor. Delicious and fruit forward yet beautifully supported by its acidity, this is a wine that is pretty hard to resist just now. It may not have grandeur, but it is worth leaning up on in its exuberant youth. It's not just a fruit bomb, by the way. It also has the structure to age a bit. They traditionally do. In this year, though, the gorgeous fruit and fresh feel may make you dive in pretty fast. This is a super bargain in a lighter-styled, fresh red, what I call a "summer red" these days. Don't drink it too warm."

Duas Quintas Red 2014

Wine & Spirits - Josh Greene - June 01, 2017

90 Points Top 100 Values Of The Year "Spicy schist notes greet you when you first smell this wine, the gentle warmth of sun on stone that captures this wine's fruit at a fine moment of ripeness. Designed as an estate blend from a warmer schist site near the river and a cooler, high-elevation granite vineyard, this vintage of Duas Quintas is impressive for its jasmine-scented purple fruit and lasting spice. Pour it with spicy braised pork."

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - February 01, 2017

90 Points Best Buy "The latest vintage of one of the original wine brands in the Douro, this bold wine offers great tannins and structure along with the ripe black fruits. Balanced and generous, it is developing quickly."

Duas Quintas Red 2013

Wine & Spirits - Joshua Greene - April 01, 2016

89 Points BEST BUY “This bright Douro red feels supple in the middle, lending it a polished feel. The structural elements of tannins and acidity are well integrated, coming together in a warm finish with light herbal and mineral notes. Its freshness will point up the dark-meat flavors of roast squab.”

Duas Quintas Red 2013 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Mark Squires - October 30, 2015

90 Points "The 2013 Duas Quintas was recently seen in Porto, but since it is now in the USA and we now have a vertical, let's take another look. It is the latest offering in the brand. It is a blend of 43% Touriga Nacional, 37% Touriga Franca and dollops of other grapes for the remainder (Tinta Roriz, Tinta da Barca, Tinta Barroca, Sousão, Tinto Cão and Tinta Amarela). About 30% of the juice was oak-aged in well used barrels and 20% aged in well used tonels; the rest in stainless steel. This has put on a surprising amount of weight since I first saw it, fleshing out and seeming very serious now. Gripping on the finish, it has a real backbone and some intensity, yet it is also perfectly balanced and approachable right now (if you must). The oak shows just a bit, but it is integrating well already. The fruity little wine from a few months back seems to be gaining seriousness in front of our eyes (or, at least mine). Given the tricky 2013 vintage, this is a pretty respectable performance that increasingly looks downright impressive for the regular Duas Quintas. As the vertical this issue demonstrates, these do age well, but let's be a bit conservative, keeping in mind that all the wines in this vertical were obtained from the winery. That's pretty good provenance. Not everyone will duplicate that."

Duas Quintas Red 2012 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Mark Squires - October 30, 2015

90 Points "(...) In this rather revealing vertical, this is another regular Tinto that is showing rather brilliantly. Suddenly, the fruit is very expressive, irresistibly delicious and fresh. Supporting that exuberant fruit, the structure shows plenty of power and the texture is caressing. Showing every sign of being a cellar candidate, it is still approachable just now with air and it is very much going in the right direction. (...) it is sensationally delicious in its youth-the fresh, exuberant fruit makes a statement."

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - December 31, 2014

90 Points "Still young, but promising good things, this is a ripe and balanced wine. It’s a blend of grapes from two Douro vineyards (Duas Quintas), giving black fruits, a strong sense of minerality and a dark texture. The end promises aging and drinkability from 2016."

Duas Quintas Red 2011 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - Kim Marcus - April 30, 2014

91 Points "A muscular, full-bodied red that features a balanced mix of red currant, dried berry and savory herb flavors. Shows plenty of flinty and mineral notes as well, leading to a lithe, juicy finish that offers ferrous accents and hints of white pepper. Drink now through 2018."

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - December 01, 2013

90 Points "This densely structured, finely crafted wine is the latest vintage from one of the Douro’s iconic brands. It has great weight and, at the same time, elegant fruits and structure that offer good aging potential."

Duas Quintas Red 2009 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - Kim Marcus - June 30, 2012

89 Points A Top Value "A minerally red, with shiso leaf notes to the bright cherry, currant and dark plum flavors. Medium-grained tannins lead to a finish of mineral and cocoa powder notes."

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - November 2011

89 Points "Deliciously fruity wine that has a herb and toast layer and tannins that are soft yet structured. The acidity gives the point to the red berry fruits."

Duas Quintas Reserva Especial

Duas Quintas Reserva Especial 2007 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Mark Squires - December 01, 2012

92 Points “...it will age well. Beautiful and delicious, it is opening up now and becoming more expressive, while its lurking power occasionally rears its head.”

Wine Spectator - Kim Marcus - March 31, 2011

91 Points "Very sanguine-tasting yet elegant, with a strong spicy element to the dried berry and cherry flavors. Intriguing notes of paprika and pepper linger on the creamy finish."

erobertparker.com - August 01, 2010

92 Points "The ’07 is more elegant and refined, a bit more modern and approachable, [...] yet still with some steel and tannin underneath as it airs out, make no mistake there. [...] As the oak integrated, it showed an unusual amount of grace and elegance that winemaker Joao Nicolau de Almeida attributes to the vintage conditions rather than a stylistic change."

Duas Quintas Reserva Especial

Duas Quintas Reserva Especial 2004 Archived REVIEWS

Wine & Spirits - Joshua Greene - April 2008

91 points "A meaty red, this has the chewy texture of a well-marbled steak. Joao Nicolau de Almeida uses traditional winemaking to produce this special selection, which, in '04, tastes more international in style than it has in the past-like a rich cabernet sauvignon. In fact, it's touriga nacional witch a little tinta barroca. Suited to long aging."

Wine Spectator - Kim Marcus - August 31, 2007

92 Points "Very dense and powerful, showing concentrated flavors of blackberry, dark cherry and black currant, with plenty of chocolate and spice. The long, complex finish is filled with cocoa powder, mineral and cream notes. Drink now through 2013."

The Wine Advocate - Mark Squires - February 2007

92 Points "The 2004 'Duas Quintas Reserva' and its '2004 Reserva Especial' sibling were probably the two young wines that I had the hardest time getting to wake up in this report, as both were overwhelmed by tannins. They were tight and utterly shut down. It took days to make sense of them, and even then I would say that these will need to be retasted in a year or so. So, while you can consider this a "preview" report, note also that both wines have a lot of potential, particularly the Reserva Especial. The 2004 'Duas Quintas Reserva Especial' is also a wine scheduled for Spring, 2007 release, as with its sibling, the regular '2004 Reserva.' The next day after opening, I found fruit and some plum nuances, and a rounder, fuller mouthfeel that was very pleasing, and made it superior to the regular Reserva in depth and texture. This wine will require patience and a cellar. This in many respects seemed to be a wonderful wine, but apart from its 'closed tight' demeanor and the hard tannins, there was considerable funk on the nose of the first bottle in particular, a little less on the second (although still obvious), which I took to be a reductive note. I had the second bottle open for 24 hours without it fully blowing off, although it did very much moderate at that time. By Day 2, it was not terribly noticeable, but there were still hints of it. On Day 2, the tannins were still astringent. As of this moment, I’d pick the 2003 sibling as between the two, but the 2004 Reserva Especial does have remarkable structure and depth, and significant potential for improvement. If it succeeds in coming into some semblance of balance, it will likely overtake the 2003 and the score could increase. As presented to me, it was obviously at a very difficult stage, and I would prefer to be conservative and watchful. I will be interested to retaste this big, powerful wine over the years, as it has great potential. Drink 2012-2024."

Duas Quintas Reserva Red

Duas Quintas Reserva Red 2015

The Wine Advocate - Mark Squires - August 31, 2017

92 Points The 2015 Duas Quintas Reserva is mostly Touriga Nacional, with dollops of Touriga Franca (10%) and Tinta da Barca (5%), aged for 12 months in barriques of varying ages and nationalities. This is probably the best since the 2011. If you haven't become familiar with this iconic brand yet, it is a blend from two estates, Ervamoira and Bons Ares, located at a low (200 meters) and a high (600 meters) altitude, with schist and granite soils, respectively. Hence, the name Duas Quintas, or "two Quintas." Impeccably balanced and just a little understated in this vintage, this makes its way by being wonderfully refined and sophisticated. It is elegant yet persistent on the finish with plenty of grip.The ripe tannins are matched by lively acidity that freshens and lifts the tasty fruit. The winery has also backed off the time in oak so that the wonderful fruit shines through. It's a good decision this year, in particular. It will be approachable young (give it a couple of years if you can), but it should hold for 20 years (or more) from vintage date. They do tend to age well and often better than anticipated. I'm not convinced this will be the best-ever ager in the group and match some of the old-time powerhouses, but there is no rush. Don't drink it too warm.

Wine & Spirits - Josh Greene - August 01, 2017

87 Points Best Buy “Blended from two vineyards in the Douro Superior, with Ervamoira providing the smokiness of grapes grown in schist, and Bons Ares the tight structure of wine from granite, this is a rich, leesy white that finishes clean.”

Duas Quintas Reserva Red 2013

Wine & Spirits - Joshua Greene - April 01, 2016

92 Points BEST PORTUGUESE REDS “2013 Douro Duas Quintas Reserva All about gentleness and harmony, this vintage of DQ Reserva shows the figgy ripeness of fruit from Ervamoira, a riverside vineyard near Foz Coa in the Douro Superior, balanced by fresher notes of purple plums, reflecting fruit from the cooler, high elevations of Bons Ares: It's meaty and lusciously rich, integrating oak tannins into a reserved and elegant lasting impression.”

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - February 01, 2016

92 Points "A powerful dense wine that is rich and firmly structured, so it has big bold black fruit flavors that are still firmly embedded in dark tannins. It is a fine complex wine, the fruit of two of Ramos-Pinto’s quintas in the Douro Superior. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015, this brand was the among the first Douro still wines."

Duas Quintas Reserva Red 2012 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - June 01, 2015

92 Points "This is a powerful, ripe and generously fruity wine. With red berry and rich spice from wood aging, it is dense, complex and aromatic. Minerality and dark, dry tannins show the wine needs to age. Drink from 2018."

Wine & Spirits - Joshua Greene - April 01, 2015

92 Points "This wine's youthful intensity is built on a crush of purple fruit. It's a blend of tourigas nacional and franca with tinta da barca, including lots from Ramos Pinto's riverside estate at Ervamoira and the high-altitude vines at Bons Ares, both in the Douro Superior. It's lovely, bright and zesty, with a gentleness behind powerful schist tannins that needs bottle age to emerge."

The Wine Advocate - Mark Squires - February 27, 2015

90 Points "The sweet and creamy oak nuances will dissipate on this with time. Indeed, with 90 minutes of air they mostly vanished. From there, though, the wine has a rather modest mid-palate this year and seems soft and rather approachable. It is perhaps a bit too easy given its youth and status as a wine that has always aged well–as has been proven to me with long verticals. It is largely a creature of its vintage, harmonious, attractive, crisp and approachable on the early side, but restrained and a bit modest in stature. It does have many charms, however, including a fresh feel and rather delicious fruit. Also, like a lot of 2012s that start off a bit worrisome in terms of concentration, it became more vibrant and fleshed out in the glass after an hour or so. It seemed much more refined and polished at that point, rather than merely reticent and laid back. It may not go down as the greatest Reserva ever, but it is a charming wine that will be easy to enjoy with dinner. It could use a year to settle down, but even if it is a bit raw and primary, it is pretty tasty right now, too. In the short term, it will exceed expectations because it is so forward and approachable. What it turns into with longer aging is another question. Maybe it will prove me wrong and be entitled to an uptick. It sure is tasty now, though."

Duas Quintas Reserva Red 2011 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Mark Squires - October 30, 2015

93 Points "The 2011 Duas Quintas Reserva is revisited this issue for a checkup. One thing this vertical illustrates is how these flesh out and become better with age. (That's one of the points of doing verticals...) This has tightened considerably since I first saw it. The fruit is still primary and it finishes with a sweet tinge, but then it closes down hard. Gripping on the finish, this gets ever more powerful as it sits in the glass and becomes ever more impressive. Increasingly intense with aeration, this is going through a stage I've seen before-not much in the way of expressive fruit, but increasing concentration and intensity. It is just beginning now to demonstrate how impressive it is."

The Wine Advocate - Mark Squires - June 2014

90 Points "In its youth, it is a pretty oaky wine, showing a vanilla overlay. That gives it a certain, one-dimensional feel early on. The good news is that it is bright enough to cut through the oak and it seems to handle its alcohol pretty well. The longer this was open, the more it developed and the more I appreciated its elegant mid-palate, refined tannins and persistent demeanor."

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - April 01, 2014

92 Points Intense dark colors and powerful tannins give this wine great weight and intensity. Flavors of black plum and strong spice surround a solid, dry core. With the structure still dominating, this wine is definitely for aging. Drink from 2017.

Wine Spectator - Kim Marcus - January 29, 2014

95 Points HOT WINE This broad, rich and elegant red is filled with powerful flavors of dark plum, dried cherry and blackberry, marked by fine balance and a powerful structure. The long finish resonates with tarragon and black olive notes, layered with appealing hints of tar.

The Wine Advocate - Mark Squires - December 01, 2013

91 Points Showing a vanilla overlay, we appreciated its elegant mid-palate, refined tannins and persistent demeanor.

Duas Quintas Reserva Red 2010 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - Kim Marcus - July 01, 2013

91 Points "This Ramos Pinto offers a powerfully fruity aroma, with plenty of well-proportioned dark fruit and spice flavors. The medium-grained tannins are well-integrated and accented by crisp minerality. dark chocolate lingers on the rich finish, revealing hints of pepper."

The Wine Advocate - Mark Squires - March 01, 2013

91 Points "Earthy and bright, a bit tinged with oak in its youth, this wine is graceful and beautifully focused."

Duas Quintas Reserva Red 2009 Archived REVIEWS

JamesSuckling.com - James Suckling - August 07, 2013

90 Points "This is Ramos Pinto is full-bodied with tastes of dried fruits and loads of wood. Chewy and rich, it however needs time to soften and will be better in 2016."

The Wine Advocate - Mark Squires - December 01, 2012

90 Points "...it is ripe, with sweet fruit, the sexy notes typical of this 2009 vintage. It retains good acidity, though. ...its sexy demeanor will make it lots of friends. It proved it has some structure and focus as well. It seems to be developing nicely.”

Wine Spectator - Kim Marcus - June 30, 2012

91 Points "This has an enticing brooding quality to it, with rich, beefy aromas and sinewy flavors of dried raspberry, roasted plum and currant. Finishes with medium-grained tannins and notes of mineral and savory spice."

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - February 2012

92 Points Cellar Selection "Superripe wine that wears its high alcohol easily. The fruit is so rich, with its plum and blackberry flavors, opulent and generous. There is a dark core of tannins that shows slowly through all the intense fruit, promising good aging."

erobertparker.com - Mark Squires - February 2012

89 Points "The 2009 RESERVA 'DUAS QUINTAS' is mostly a Touriga Nacional (50%) and Touriga Franca (40%) blend, with 10% Tinta Barroca added in."

Duas Quintas Reserva Red 2008 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - Kim Marcus - March 31, 2011

92 Points "A rich, muscular red, with interesting notes of cream and pomegranate to the ripe dark plum and cherry flavors. There's a full-bore finish of smoked maple and mocha."

The Wine Advocate - Mark Squires - December 2010

91 Points "Both [the '07 and '08 vintages] had graceful mid-palates, elegant and showing considerable finesse. ... Beautifully structured and quite nicely put together, this is another in a string of nice DQ Reservas."

Duas Quintas Reserva Red 2007 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Mark Squires - February 27, 2010

91 Points "This is lovely this year, refined and velvety, with the firm backbone this estate usually provides, plus impeccable balance and flavorful fruit. It is a very fine performance and it should age well."

Wine Review Online - Michael Franz - February 23, 2010

92 Points "This is an excellent wine at a price that is quite attractive in relation to its quality and also in relation to the current going rate for high-end reds from the Douro. [...] the toast oak notes are very well integrated with the wine’s dark (blackberry and black current) fruit. Acidity and tannin are both notably present but are likewise well balanced and integrated, making this a wine that can be enjoyed now with robust food but also kept for at least a decade. Impressive!"

Duas Quintas Reserva Red 2004 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - July 01, 2008

90 points "Tightly coiled, the firm tannins hold down the exuberant berry fruits and fresh acidity. It is certainly young, but the elegance is already here, as well as the herb and spice seasoning from wood. The dry aftertaste reinforces the need for aging, at least 4–5 years."

The Wine Advocate - Mark Squires - December 2007

90 points "It is pungent, and laced with blue fruit notes. The fruit is very ripe, throwing off bursts of flavor. The texture is soft and velvety. This is a wine that seems to be coming into good balance, and it now seems approachable a bit sooner than I originally thought it might be. There are moments when this seems intense and impressive, but a few when it seems just a little stolid. A little more cellaring would help. Drink 2009-2019."

The Wine Advocate - Mark Squires - February 2007

90 Points "The 2004 'Duas Quintas Reserva' and its '2004 Reserva Especial' sibling were probably the two young wines that I had the hardest time getting to wake up in this report, as both were overwhelmed by tannins. They were tight and utterly shut down. It took days to make sense of them, and even then I would say that these will need to be retasted in a year or so. So, while you can consider this a "preview" report, note also that both wines have a lot of potential, particularly the Reserva Especial. The regular 2004 'Duas Quintas Reserva' was aged in new oak casks for 18 months and will be released in the Spring of 2007. This wine seemed curiously austere and relatively flavorless after being tasted next to the sweet, more exuberant 2003s. After all that, what really worked best was trying it again the next day, at which point I finally found some moderately unencumbered fruit for awhile--before it shut down again. It perhaps showed better on Day 2, about 45 hours after opening, but fierce, astringent tannins remained. l think this has the potential to be as good or better than the 2003, although it might never be quite as charming. It obviously needs to come into balance. Drink 2011-2020."

Wine Spectator - Kim Marcus - 2007

91 points "Full-bodied and rich, with a iron-girder structure and concentrated flavors of blackberry, dark plum and baker's chocolate, which extend on the finish. Powerful and impressively balanced. Drink now through 2014."

Duas Quintas Reserva White

Duas Quintas Reserva White 2016

Wine Spectator - Gillian Sciaretta - November 30, 2017

92 Points "This white shows finesse and intensity, with a smoky edge lining the grilled pineapple, spiced pear and tangerine flavors, underpinned by mineral, tarragon and spice elements. Mouthwatering finish."

Duas Quintas Reserva White 2014

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - February 01, 2016

91 Points "Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015, this brand was the among the first Douro still wines. This Reserva, with its wood-aged flavors, is rich and full of ripe white fruits while not losing sight of the mineral texture of white wines from the region."

Duas Quintas Reserva White 2013 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Mark Squires - February 27, 2015

91 Points "The 2013 Branco Duas Quintas Reserva is mostly Rabigato (70%), with 10% each of Arinto, Viosinho and Folgazão. About 25% of the juice was aged in oak for 9 months (10% new, the rest used; 70% French, the rest Austrian). Continuing some trends I'm seeing of (a) nice Douro whites; (b) fine depth in 2013s; and (c) increasing numbers of people relying on Rabigato, this is quite lovely. Another trend, not irrelevant here, is that this is the best white I've seen yet from Ramos Pinto... With a hint of herbs early on, it has a lively feel. The oak is there, but it is handled exceptionally well. With a mid-palate that projects a feeling of concentration and solidity - maybe more than the red - this finishes with some tension as well. It will be fine to just sip, but for my money this will be an even better food wine as it has the substance and structure to hold up to food. There isn't a lot of track record, but it seems capable of aging. It should drink great this coming summer, but I suspect that it may be better in the spring or summer of 2016. After that, it should hold nicely for a few years at least."

Late Bottled Vintage

Late Bottled Vintage 2013

The Wine Advocate - Mark Squires - August 31, 2017

91--92 Points “The 2013 Late Bottled Vintage Port is a traditional LBV, unfiltered and bottled with a long cork in 2017 (although not quite bottled when seen). It is a blend of 51% Touriga Franca and 36% Touriga Nacional, the rest being Sousão and a field blend. It comes in with 95 grams per liter of residual sugar. This is another nice one in the Ramos Pinto traditional style this year. It is very fruity, a bit more so than usual, and very approachable. There is a backbone and complexity lurking underneath, but that will require some bottle age. They do age well. Drink it on release (in Portugal, it will be out just before this article appears; in the USA, probably closer to the end of 2017). Tightening nicely as it sits and showing that great fruit all the while, this is another LBV beauty from Ramos Pinto, one of the leaders in traditional LBVs. Preferably, give this at least a few months to settle down, even if it is relatively easy to drink.”

Late Bottled Vintage 2011

Wine Spectator - Kim Marcus - April 30, 2016

90 Points “Aromas and flavors of dark chocolate define this youthful style. Plum pudding and spice notes linger on the juicy finish. Offers fresh and alluring juiciness.”

Late Bottled Vintage 2011 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Mark Squires - December 31, 2015

93 Points "The 2011 Late Bottled Vintage Port is a blend of 55% Touriga Franca, 35% Touriga Nacional, 6% Tinta Barroca and 4% Sousão, that was aged for four years (2015 bottling) in 15,000-liter casks. It comes in at 99 grams per liter of residual sugar and is unfiltered. A blend of grapes from Ramos Pinto's Ervamoira and Bom Retiro Quintas, this is very serious and very well structured. Its focus and fine finish are lovely. Brooding and stern on opening, it shows little. The next day, it exploded in the glass. Did I mention that it is pretty delicious, too? In structure, concentration and complexity, it is a mini-me of a fine Vintage Port, with everything in fine proportion and perfect balance."

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - December 01, 2015

90 Points “This wine is dry and firm, showing developing fruit under dark tannins. Big plum and berry flavors are ripe, juicy and fresh on the finish. Drink from 2019."

Late Bottled Vintage 2009 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Mark Squires - April 30, 2015

93 Points "The tannins are rather drying and aggressive on first pour, even if the big fruit is also front-and-center. It is certainly a very different vision of LBV Port than a lot of people will be accustomed to, but it does begin to come around with extended aeration (and a couple of days in the fridge). Fragrant and laced with strong fruit flavors, this ultimately showed beautifully. It really needs some more time in the cellar, but it is approachable if you give it some aeration."

Wine Spectator - Kim Marcus - January 15, 2015

90 Points "Well-proportioned, with good grip to the wild cherry, plum tart and chocolate flavors, which offer lots of minerality notes. White pepper details show on the fruity finish. Drink now though 2022."

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - December 01, 2014

91 Points "Beautiful perfumed, this has ripe blackberry flavors and a relatively dry character. The spirit is now well balanced, giving a backbone to the violet aromas and spicy character of this still young LBV. It is good to drink now for its fruit, but it improve and show more complex flavors after 2017-2018."

Wine & Spirits - Joshua Greene - December 01, 2014

90 Points "This sleek wine balances the dark, bitter-chocolate richness of its fruit within a powerful structure. There's potent acidity, in the form of deep, tangerine citrus notes. And there's a clean schist-dust feel to the tannins. A juicy and accessible LBV."

Decanter - June 2014

Gold Medal World Wine Awards 2014 - Gold Medal & Regional Trophy - Vibrant and full of rich fruit, this is still youthful in colour and shows both ripeness and pleasing restraint on the nose. Spice notes, violet, lavender and deep, dark fruit flavours have lovely freshness, and firm, ripe tannins give good grip. Nicely defined with plenty of complexity to keep it going.

Late Bottled Vintage 2008 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Neal Martin - June 01, 2013

90 Points "This 2008 LBV from Ramos Pinto has a very pure nose of dark cherries, bilberry and cassis that disguises its spirit extremely well. The palate is medium-bodied with a plush, silky smooth entry that is very focused, while the second half sees dark chocolate notes infusing the black fruit profile that is perhaps just a little “obvious.” Still, this is a pleasant, commercially-minded, approachable LBV for drinking over the next decade."

Late Bottled Vintage 2007 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - Kim Marcus - September 30, 2012

91 Points "Plenty of tannic power in this crisp style, offering flavors of raspberry and cherry and notes of bittersweet chocolate and citrus, which extend on the dense finish."

Late Bottled Vintage 2005 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - Kim Marcus - December 15, 2010

90 Points "Very grapey, with dense, concentrated flavors of dark plum, chocolate, cherry and spice. Mocha and dark chocolate notes, with raisin hints, linger on the finish."

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - March 01, 2010

89 Points "An austere wine with a stalky character, showing firms tannins and a strong mineral character of Douro schist. It is like a sweet table wine, spices and structured, needing to age."

Late Bottled Vintage 2003 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Mark Squires - April 30, 2015

94 Points "Still a baby, this is ridiculously youthful for an LBV at age 12, fresh, concentrated, exuberant in flavor, gripping and intense, with a fair bit of astringency still on the palate – notwithstanding that long time in barrel. Its intensity and focus makes it seem like quite a lot of wine for the original price point, and a far cry from run-of-the-mill LBVs. Its intensity of flavor makes it quite a pleasure to drink, too. It will hold well for decades still. It seemed even more powerful some days later, almost to a fault as the hard tannins took over. It has the feel of a Vintage Port in more than a few respects. It could actually use a little more time in the cellar, but it is approachable now. Although it is nowhere near peak, I think it is worth leaning up on this Big Boy for its potential."

Quinta de Ervamoira 10-Year Tawny

Quinta de Ervamoira 10-Year Tawny Non Vintage

Wine Spectator - Kim Marcus - October 05, 2016

92 Points “Redolent of cherry tart, dried black fig and plum pudding flavors, with accents of hazelnut. The fruity finish is loaded with Asian spice and dark chocolate notes. Drink now.”

Quinta de Ervamoira 10-Year Tawny Non Vintage Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Mark Squires - December 31, 2015

91 Points "The NV Quinta da Ervamoira Tawny RP 10 Year Old Port comes in at 106 grams per liter of residual sugar. This is the new 2015 bottling. Beautifully focused and balanced, this has fine mid-palate weight for the category and a complex medley of concentrated flavors on the finish. Quite gripping, it is beautifully done and rather impressive, while always remaining graceful and impeccably balanced. There is very respectable tension on the finish, too, that enlivens the wine. Taste this in isolation and you'll think my score is pretty stingy, but remember that there does need to be some headroom when we step up to the long-aged Tawny treasures. This may have been my favorite 10 Year Tawny this issue."

Wine & Spirits - Joshua Greene - December 01, 2015

92 Points Year's Best Port "The brightness of this wine comes across in a glaze of sweetness, like the brutlée on the top of the crème. The fruit, grown at a vineyard in the arid Douro Superior, still carries a touch of schisty tannins, along with notes of fresh orange and green fig. This is sleek and elegant, a 10-year-old with energy, gracefully mellowing into the complex notes of older wines that last."

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - October 2015

90 Points "From the farthest reaches of the upper Douro, Quinta da Ervamoira has produced this sun-drenched wine, with great raisin flavors that vie with a fruity red-berry character. Both sweet from the dried fruits and dry from the intense acidity, with a light cocoa aftertaste, it is a balanced wine that can be drunk now."

Wine Spectator - Kim Marcus - September 30, 2015

91 Points "This Tawny offers a smoky aroma, followed by lithe flavors of salted almond, macaroon and cedar. Notes of red currant and sandalwood emerge on the fresh and refined finish. Drink now."

Wine Spectator - Kim Marcus - December 15, 2014

90 Points "A plush style, offering flavors of hazelnut, dried apricot and butterscotch, showing good complexity and length. The long finish is richly spiced and smoky, with vanilla and marzipan notes. Drink now."

Wine Spectator - Kim Marcus - February 01, 2014

91 Points Editor’s Picks 2014 Tawny Port’s Drink-Now Appeal

Wine Spectator - K.M. - October 25, 2013

91 Points "The toffee and mocha flavors are concentrated and powerful in this rich tawny. Deeply spiced, filled with hints of white chocolate and allspice midpalate, this delivers a plush finish filled with orange rind and glazed apricot notes. Drink now through 2018."

Wine Spectator - Kim Marcus - June 30, 2012

92 Points "Lusciously spicy, with flavors that roll off the tongue, including butterscotch, dried apricot, spiced cherry and white pepper. The intensely creamy finish is filled with hazelnut and cocoa. Drink now."

Wine Spectator - Kim Marcus - December 15, 2010

90 Points "A ripe style, with rich, well-integrated flavors of toffee, marshmallow and dried plum. Offers cream and butterscotch on the lush finish."

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - February 2009

89 points "This has richness and intensity of flavor. The sweet dried plums and prunes are steeped in caramel and just an edge of burnt acidity from wood. The finish is delicious and smooth."

Seattle Times - Paul Gregutt - January 23, 2008

Recommended

Detroit News - Madeline Triffon - October 18, 2007

"This particular beauty is a superlative example of Tawny Port. ... This 10-year ... more than delivers superior sipping pleasure, warm, smooth and moderately sweet. Its layers of flavor unfurl on the palate for minutes after sliding down, delightful complexity revealed through the wine's maturity."

The Los Angeles Times - Leslie Brenner - November 30, 2005

Recommended Dessert "A burnished pink-colored port with caramel and ripe plum aromas. Sturdy and powerful with a long hazelnut finish."

Quinta de Ervamoira Vintage

Quinta de Ervamoira Vintage 2009 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - Kim Marcus - July 31, 2012

93 Points "A fruity nose leads to powerful flavors of red berry and mocha that feature plenty of grip. Cherry and dried blueberry flavors, with notes of anise and pepper, envelop the powerful finish. Best from 2015 through 2030. 20 cases imported."

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - April 2012

92 Points "A supremely ripe Port from Ramos-Pinto’s vineyard in the far east of the Douro. It is finely perfumed, with layered tannins upon structured plum skins and black cherry fruit. It’s in a fruity style, but the structure certainly promises aging."

Wine & Spirits - Joshua Greene - December 2011

93 Points "Like a diamond in the rough, this wine's fruit has facets and edges that glint with mulberry, elderberry, cracked black pepper, tart peach skin and tar. The texture is luscious, making this a high-powered wine with grace. Wild fruit flavor energizes the finish as the wine takes off."

Quinta de Ervamoira Vintage

Quinta de Ervamoira Vintage 2005 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - March 2008

89 Points "This shows the super-ripe, concentrated nature of fruit from this quinta, giving a black fig, sweet character that also has a backbone of dark tannin."

Quinta do Bom Retiro 20-year Tawny

Quinta do Bom Retiro 20-year Tawny Non Vintage

Wine & Spirits - Joshua Greene - December 01, 2016

91 Points "Perfumed with rose scents, enriched with tropical fruit flavors of dried papaya and pineapple, this dark, intense Tawny finishes lush and warm. Its gingery acidity will complement a savory pear tart."

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - June 01, 2016

93 Points "Dark ruby with tawny gold highlights, this intense wine comes from Ramos-Pinto’s Bom Retiro estate. It is dried raisins, toffee with beautifully integrated spirit and acidity. It’s a rich wine, with some sweetness that is freshened with the final acidity."

Wine Spectator - Kim Marcus - January 31, 2016

92 Points EDITORS RECOMMEND “From one of Portugal’s leading and most historic producers of aged tawnies, this is ready to drink now and hits the sweet spot with a fine balance between rich, toasty flavors and seductive creaminess.”

Quinta do Bom Retiro 20-year Tawny Non Vintage Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Mark Squires - December 31, 2015

93 Points "The Quinta Do Bom Retiro RP 20 Year Old Tawny Port has been seen before, but this is the new 2015 bottling. It comes in with 122 grams per liter of residual sugar. It seems even more interesting now, holding its own very well against all comers in my "20" tastings this issue, and adding concentration of fruit and aromatics compared to RP's lovely 10 Year Tawny (also reviewed this issue). Showing fine weight, concentration and increasing complexity of flavor over a week or so, it drank rather well, sometimes brilliantly. Its beautiful balance also makes it easy to approach; it does everything well and it has a lot of old Tawny flavors for a 20. It was certainly one of my favorite 20s in this report. This comes with a bar top cork."

Wine & Spirits - Joshua Greene - December 01, 2015

91 Points Year's Best Port "Ramos Pinto acquired Born Retiro in 1919, when it was already a classic Cima Corgo site. Located over the south bank of the Douro, across the river from Pinhao, it serves as the firm’s Port wine vinification center, as well as providing the old-vine fruit for this Tawny. The wine starts off delicate, with scents of brown spices and leather. Then its richness pours over the palate, its generosity focused by the pleasant abrasion of tannins in the end. A Tawny to serve at the beginning of the meal with a creamy chestnut soup."

Wine Spectator - Kim Marcus - September 30, 2015

92 Points "Offers a creamy aroma, with toasty flavors full of currant, dried apricot and glazed citrus details. The fresh, minerally finish delivers some iodine and cedar notes. Drink now."

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - June 01, 2015

92 Points "This balances dried fruits and rich red berries with toast and a layers of dryness from the wood aging. It is opulent, generous and well balanced. As with all aged tawnies, drink now."

The Wine Advocate - Mark Squires - February 27, 2015

92 Points "The NV RP 20 "Quinta do Bom Retiro" 20 Year Old Tawny Port was bottled in 2014. It comes in at 122.3 grams per liter of residual sugar and was aged in wood of varying sizes and types (Portuguese and French oak, chestnut and cherry tree). Average in concentration, this is a friendly 20-year-old that focuses on presenting a bright, sunny demeanor. Don't misunderstand, because it still is classic in its flavor profile and particularly after it settled in and was open a few days, it showed off its beautiful, old tawny nuances. It leans more, though, to lively and cheerful than the brooding and darker flavors of treacle, seared bitter chocolate and molasses. It has a wonderfully fresh feel to it and nice viscosity. Call it somewhere in between the Warre Otima and the Vallado 20 in this issue as it provides something for everyone. The crisp finish with nice tension allows the flavors to linger respectably as it airs."

Wine & Spirits - Joshua Greene - December 01, 2014

94 Points BEST OF THE YEAR "This glossy wine sustains a delicate freshness in its floral fruit. That bright note of tart strawberries and jasmine holds to springtime, while the figgier richness and detailed tannins provide a structure that feels warm and autumnal. It's a delicious contrast, the elements finely interwoven, a satisfying tawny to extend a holiday meal."

Decanter - Richard Mayson - December 01, 2014

98 Points "From a single estate where a quarter of the vines are more than 80 years old: soft and seamless, boasting waves of dates, dried figs, brazil nuts and toasted almonds. Suave silky texture and wonderful savoury-sweet length. Supremely good. Drink 2014."

Decanter - June 2014

Gold Medal World Wine Awards 2014 - Regional Trophy and Gold Medal - Mature and zesty with intense, dusty library aromas, a nutty character and waves of dates, dried fruit, figs and almonds. Beautifully creamy, with a suave, silky texture and wonderful savoury, sweet length showing lift and freshness. Soft and seamless, with perfect weight. Very, very good.

Drinks Business - Patrick Schmitt - June 27, 2013

"Master" award Awarded "Master" medal at the inaugural Fortified Masters competition. To get the top title of Master, the 20-year Tawny scored over 95 points.

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - April 2013

92 Points Editors Choice "At 20 years, aged tawnies bear fruit and concentrated wood flavors, plus dry acidity. This is rich and poised, and it has a fine, full finish."

Wine Spectator - Kim Marcus - June 30, 2012

93 Points "This has a pretty amber hue, with complex flavors of smoke, honey, dried herbs and hazelnut. Long and rich on the finish, with zesty hints of anise and concentrated spice and toffee notes. Drink now."

Wine Spectator - Kim Marcus - December 31, 2010

93 Points "One of my favorites in recent blind tastings in our New York office was Ramos-Pinto's 20-year-old tawny from Quinta do Bom Retiro, very rich and full of pure-tasting flavors of toffee, butterscotch and caramel, with notes of dried cherry and apricot."

Wine Spectator - Kim Marcus - December 15, 2010

93 Points "Very rich and full of pure-tasting flavors of toffee, butterscotch and caramel, with light fruity notes of dried cherry and apricot. There's a long, glorious finish of hazelnut and cream."

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - February 2009

90 points "This single-quinta tawny comes from Ramos-Pinto’s vineyard in the Torto valley in the heart of Port country. It shows the warmth and richness from the super-rich fruit, balanced with wood aging and lively acidity, at the perfect moment to be enjoyed. The finish is fresh, the dry wood lifted by fruitiness."

Food & Wine: Wine Guide 2008 - Jamal A. Rayyis - 2008

3 stars (Excellent) "Light in color, even for a twenty-year Tawny, this brings together orange flavors with nuances of herbs and nuts."

Decanter - 2006

World Wine Awards 20 "Beautiful, beguiling nose. Fruit combined with praline - seductive. Palate mirrors the nose. Alluring, opulent and very ripe. Attractive lift. Elegant and very fine."

Wine Enthusiast - W.E. - October 2004

90 Points "Lush and creamy-textured, with nuances that bring to mind an old shipping office: worn leather furniture, a bowl of nuts, a faint haze of cigar smoke. Hints of lemon zest peak through on the finish."

Wine Spectator - J.S. - September 30, 2003

93 Points "This Port shows plenty of caramel, egg yolk and slightly salty character. Full-bodied, with a big impact on the palate of toffee, candied fruits and honey. Very long finish. Excellent. Ramos-Pinto is a master of old tawnies. Drink now."

Tawny Port

Tawny Port Non Vintage Archived REVIEWS

Monterey Wine Competition - 2007

Silver Medal

Vintage Port

Vintage Port 2015

Wine & Spirits - Josh Greene - December 01, 2017

92 Points “This is an estate-grown Port from two properties—Bom Retiro, on the left bank of the Douro across from Pinhão, and Ervamoira, near Foz Coa in the Douro Superior. Both sites contributed touriga nacional, which benefited from the rains in mid-September; that and touriga francesa from Ervamoira are the main components in the blend, while other varieties, including barroca, bring complexity. It’s a muscular vintage from Ramos Pinto, almost completely shut down behind its tannins until the flavor bursts out in the finish, tingling with power. The dry, hot season shows in those tannins, but there’s also deep red-cherry power to the fruit, waiting to fill out the structure with time.”

The Wine Advocate - Mark Squires - August 31, 2017

94 Points “The 2015 Vintage Port, the last from João Nicolau de Almeida's reign as Managing Director at Ramos Pinto, is mostly Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca. It comes in at 94 grams per liter of residual sugar. This declared Vintage Porto was in bottle for a bit more than a month when seen. It seemed to have some room to grow and improve, to say the least. It looks like a fine 2015, showing plenty of power as it tightens and gets harder in the glass, plus very flavorful fruit. It has enough concentration, although no one will ever call this the most concentrated vintage. It is, however, focused and precise, bright and fresh, with that fine structure. This declaration was the right decision by Ramos Pinto (although early reports from winemaker Ana Rosas are that they do not have enough quantity to declare the 2016, anyway). Even so, this looks pretty fine. We'll see what the future holds, of course, and there should be a long one here. This should age gracefully. It may also be approachable young, but if you really want it to be all it can be, cellar it for much longer than indicated, say, another ten years at least, maybe more. At that point, it just might be entitled to an uptick. There were 8,300 bottles produced, plus some large-format bottles.”

Wine Spectator - James Molesworth - August 23, 2017

93 Points "Well-built, with dark fig, boysenberry and blackberry confiture notes studded liberally with ganache, roasted apple wood and Black Forest cake flavors."

Vintage Port 2011 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - Kim Marcus - February 01, 2014

96 Points Named one of the "Top 2011 Vintage Ports" - Shows an essence of raspberry and wild plum, bursting with loads of fresh acidity. Very fresh and juicy, offering shadings of graphite that extend on the finish. A refined and elegant style that lingers with plenty of juiciness. Best from 2020 through 2050. 150 cases imported.

Wine & Spirits - Joshua Greene - December 01, 2013

93 Points "The scent has the complexity of a flower garden allowed to go wild, along with bold strokes of fruit richness that continue straight into tannins layered in schist and iron. Plump and juicy in the middle, savory and gripping in the end, this wine glows with flavor intensity. It's hard to resist enjoying it now, bit it should be remarkable 20 or 30 years from now."

Robert Parker - Mark Squires - November 27, 2013

95 Points "Crisp and emphasizing acidity, this shows fine fruit... I was pretty sure this was one of the best Ramos Pintos I’ve had (not that I’ve had them all). It’s tight, it’s austere and it needs time… this will be a classic Port that will grow old with you. Despite the initial impression of refined tannins, it became more and more powerful as I played with this for several days, finishing dry and austere, with tightly focused precision and all that acidity. Drink 2036-2065."

Wine Spectator - Kim Marcus - November 13, 2013

96 Points "Shows an essence of raspberry and wild plum, bursting with loads of fresh acidity. Very fresh and juicy, offering shadings of graphite that extend on the fnish. A refned and elegant style that lingers with plenty of juiciness. Best from 2020 through 2050."

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - October 01, 2013

95 Points "This delicately perfumed wine opens to reveal power combined with elegance. The wine has great ripeness and a soft texture on the surface masking the severe tannins at the center."

erobertparker.com - Neal Martin - June 2013

92 Points "The 2011 Ramos Pinto has a lifted bouquet of black cherries, creme de cassis and licorice that is intense but does not quite have the delineation of some of its peers at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, a fine line of acidity and perhaps more pedigree than the aromatics. There is splendid weight here and an engaging harmonious finish with a sprinkle of white pepper and a little clove. Affording several minutes with this sample, the nose gains clarity with aeration, so I might be inclined to give this decanting before pouring."

Vintage Port 2007 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - December 15, 2009

92 Points "Finely tannic, this is a solid wine, full of dark fruit skins, dry, dense and impressive in structure. It shows every signs of aging potential, from its solid tannins to its tight, red berry fruits and black fig flavors."

Wine Spectator Online - James Suckling - May 06, 2009

88-91 points "Very, very ripe aromas, with black licorice, black currant and hints of dark chocolate. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with polished tannins."

Vintage Port 2004 Archived REVIEWS

Wine & Spirits - Joshua Greene - December 2007

88 points "The supple, silken feel of the fruit in this wine contrasts earthy tannins. An intriguing scent of licorice and sour cherries fills out the sweet, dense palate, then the tannins provide the rustic flavor that lasts. Those tannins should mellow with ten years in the cellar, when the wine ready for 'queijo de serra'."

Vintage Port 2003 Archived REVIEWS

Wall Street Journal - Dorothy J. Gaiter & John Brecher - December 12, 2009

Good / Very Good "Interesting texture, with a dryness on the finish that's surprising and interesting—and makes it easy to have another sip. John said it reminded him of good chocolate—very satisfying."

Wine Spectator - J.S. - April 30, 2006

94 Points "Wonderful aromas of crushed blackberry and currant. Full-bodied, with round, ripe tannins and fabulously rich fruit. Medium-sweet and gripping. Best after 2014."

Wine Enthusiast - Roger Voss - March 2006

94 Points - a Top 10 "A gorgeous Port. The wine is big, full, opulent and super-ripe. But the tannins are also there, giving a dark, brooding edge, which comes through powerfully on the finish. This is the best vintage yet from the Roederer-owned house."

Wine News - March 2006

93 Points "Once past the beautifully herbal, spicy nose, it is the tannins that most grip the taster. They are rich and ripe, but firm, imbuing the wine with terrific structure - not huge, but beautifully defined. Both the nose and the palate possess beguiling black fruit and perfectly integrated sweetness."

Quarterly Review of Wines - January 2006

A Best of Show Wine "Plummy with very ripe berry fruit. Big in the mouth, tannic and spirity."

Wine & Spirits - December 2005

94 Points "The color of this wine is opaque, even at the rim. It predicts how concentrated the flavors feel, in primary forest-berry fruit and in powerful, mouth coating tannins. With air, the wine opens to an expanse of flavor seeminly vast as the Douro itself..."

Vintage Port 2000 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Enthusiast - W.E. - November 15, 2003

91 Points "Herbal scents accent the nose of this Port, which otherwise shows pleasant plum and cocoa aromas. More plum on the palate, joined by black cherries and spice. It’s lush and intense, turning a little tart on the finish. Tannins are supple and not overly prominent, even at this young age."

International Wine Cellar - Steve Tanzer - February 2003

90 Points "Moderately saturated medium ruby. Expressive aromas of black fruits, smoke, tree bark and tobacco, with a slightly green note of roasted herbs. Lush, suave and seamless, with concentrated flavors of black cherry, plum, menthol and tree bark. Not particularly powerful or structured but finishes firmly tannic and long, with a suggestion of walnut skin."

Vintage Port 1997 Archived REVIEWS

International Wine Cellar - Steve Tanzer - June 2000

90 Points "Good full ruby. Very spicy, nuanced nose combines cassis, black raspberry, violet, bitter chocolate, orange peel and mint; showed some medicinal black cherry notes with aeration. Juicy and bright, with dark berry, mocha and chocolate flavors lifted by enticing inner-mouth floral perfume. Dense and fleshy but solidly structured, with tangy acids lifting the fruit. Firmly tannic and subtly long on the finish. Should age slowly."

White Port

White Port Non Vintage Archived REVIEWS

San Jose Mercury News - Charles E. Olken - February 13, 2008

"By the way, the nicest way to finish off an evening that starts with sparkling Rose is to end with chocolate and and a Port ... if you are into white chocolate, [try] Ramos Pinto White Port."

Wine Enthusiast - J.C. - March 2004

88 Points "We don't see much white Port in this country, but in Portugal, it's often served as an aperitif. This is a fine example, a little sweet but also possessing bracing acidity for balance. Mouthwatering aromas and flavors run towards nuts and stone with a hint of honey."

Saveur - December 2003

"More golden than white, with moderate sweetness, some fruit, and a candy flavor."

Winery

Winery Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - Kim Marcus - December 15, 2008

"One of the guiding lights of Douro viticulture is the affable João Nicolau de Almeida of Ramos-Pinto. Throughout his career, he has been a tireless researcher into ways to increase the quality of the Douro's grapes and vineyards. The focus of his efforts is Quinta da Ervamoira, a vineyard sanctuary in the harsh landscape of the Douro Superior near the Rio Côa. The estate, founded by his uncle, José Antonio Ramos-Pinto, in 1974, was the first in the Douro to be planted with vertical trellises and by blocks dedicated to individual varieties. Experimentation and studies continue, most notably into testing which varieties work best in which microclimates."

Food & Wine: Wine Guide 2008 - Jamal A. Rayyis - 2008

A Star Producer One of the "Best Values"

New York Times - Andrew Ferren - April 01, 2007

"Across the river, along the waterfront in Vila Nova da Gaia, the rows of old port warehouses offer tastings of their traditional wines, with Ramos Pinto offering one of the most evocative experiences."