Ramos Pinto Late Bottled Vintage
The Wine Advocate
August 31, 2017, Mark Squires
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.”
A late-bottled vintage port is a single-vintage blend that has been aged four to six years in oak casks, unlike a vintage port which ages only two years in wood before bottling. As a result of this extended wood contact, LBV ports have mature, fruity flavors at a younger age, offering much of the character of a vintage port without the wait and at a lower price. The 2013 harvest was marked by a rainy winter and a hot summer, which, a priori, indicates a year with good characteristics. The low spring temperatures reflected on the small size of the berry, with a direct impact on the concentration of the wines, which became one of the main characteristics of the red wines of this harvest. The perfect weather during the harvest delivered us grapes with great expression and balance. The wines display beautiful colour and are perfumed, fresh and harmonious. Young and elegant this delicious LBV 2013 represents the Ramos Pinto style.
The grapes from our Quintas of Ervamoira and Bom Retiro are harvested by hand in small containers and taken to the lagar to be crushed by foot. Fermentation lasted around 3 to 5 days, producing a wine with excellent extract. It was aged in Vila Nova de Gaia, in casks of approximately 15,000 litres. The blend was made in February 2017 and bottled in June of the same year. The 2013 LBV is a traditional LBV, without any hot or cold treatment, unfiltered, thus preserving the full potential of the existing fruit, as well as a long ageing potential.
Lively, deep and concentrated colour, yet rather opaque. Young aroma of red fruits where the first impact is of black plum, cherry and red currant. This bouquet is found in perfect harmony with hints of rose and black pepper. This wine stands out due to its freshness and balance, with notes of cedar, eucalyptus and red fruit which deliver notorious complexity in the mouth. Silky tannins and a long finish.
Goes well with game dishes, red meat, cheese soufflé, Serra cheese or other fatty cheeses and chocolate desserts. Serve between 15º and 18ºC. Store the bottle horizontally in a cool, dry place, away from the light.
Varietals: 51% Touriga Franca, 36% Touriga Nacional, 5% Sousão, 9% Old Vines Mix
Wine Alcohol: 19.3%
Titratable Acidity: 4.24 g/l (tartaric acid)
Suggested Retail Price: $29.99