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."
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."
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."
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.
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
2 Stars (Very Good) "Its array of pear, lemon and spiced berry flavors enlivened by minerals makes this Douro an ideal aperitif wine."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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.”
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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.”
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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.”
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.”
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."
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."
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."
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."
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 Duoro. [...] 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!"
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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.
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
91 Points Editor’s Picks 2014 Tawny Port’s Drink-Now Appeal
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."
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."
90 Points "A ripe style, with rich, well-integrated flavors of toffee, marshmallow and dried plum. Offers cream and butterscotch on the lush finish."
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."
"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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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.
"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.
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
3 stars (Excellent) "Light in color, even for a twenty-year Tawny, this brings together orange flavors with nuances of herbs and nuts."
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."
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."
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.
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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'."
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."
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."
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."
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."
A Best of Show Wine "Plummy with very ripe berry fruit. Big in the mouth, tannic and spirity."
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."
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."
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."
"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."
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."
"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."
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