Ramos Pinto 30-Year Tawny
The Wine Advocate
February 28, 2018, Mark Squires
“The NV RP 30 Year Old Tawny Port comes in with 144 grams per liter of residual sugar. It was bottled with a bar-top cork in 2014—actually, one year older than the last version that I saw and with a lot more sugar listed. Winemaker Ana Rosas said the 2015 has roughly 120 grams per liter of residual sugar, but the average for the decade has been closer to 140 grams per liter. This is showing beautifully. Harmonious and refined, lively and fresh, its "old Tawny" flavors eventually come crashing onto its finish, but it always seems youthful and pure. If you like old Tawnies, that medley of molasses, caramel and dark chocolate that typically pops up is still there and pretty appealing, even after being open for a few days. This is very graceful, and despite the sugar level, it doesn't seem annoyingly sweet. Whatever else is here counters it rather well. Ramos Pinto makes about 5,500 liters of this annually. (Typically, they do not make a 40, although they have one exception to that.) As always, these last indefinitely, barring cork failures. They are not really meant to be held.”
November 30, 2017, James Molesworth
“This is alluring, with whiffs of warm date, green tea and walnut backed by juicy fig bread and salted caramel flavors. The racy, focused finish lets a singed juniper note glide through.”
The 30-Year Tawny is Ramos Pinto’s most distinguished port, made from estate vineyards in the best production zones of the Delimited Douro Region. It is a blend of wines that have aged in oak for an average of three decades in the winery's cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia.
Treaded by foot and fermented in traditional granite lagares.
This wine has a magnificent tawny color with orange tones. The bottom of the glass is bright, with traces of tawny-red that develop into a halo characteristic of old cask-aged wines. It has an admirably elegant aroma. At first, it is warm and charming. Aromas of vanilla and dry fruit and nuts immediately appear as the result of its ageing process. Upon agitation of the glass, spicy aromas such as cinnamon and cocoa become prominent. It is satiny and long-lasting in the mouth. A taste of nuts such as almond and hazelnut is followed by a surprising and pleasant freshness produced by ethereal flavors, culminating in a taste of licorice.
Serve at the end of a good meal, with coffee or a good cigar. It can accompany a Bavarian cream dessert with nuts and mango. Serve between 18º and 22º C. Store the bottle upright, in a cool, dry and dark place.
Varietals: Mixed Douro varietals from Ramos-Pinto’s highest ranked estate vineyards
Wine Alcohol: 20%
Titratable Acidity: 4.6 g/l
Residual Sugar: 119.9 g/l
Aging: Aged in oak for 30 years and kept in-bottle for several months before release to market
Suggested Retail Price: $107.00