Ramos Pinto Quinta de Ervamoira Vintage
July 2018, Mark Squires
“The 2009 Vintage Port Quinta da Ervamoira is a blend of 55% Touriga Nacional, 30% Touriga Franca and 15% Tinta Barroca, coming in with 94 grams of sugar, a little on the higher side relative to how the wines in this vertical show. Tasting even a bit sweeter than statistics suggest, this is the richest of the vertical, but of course, it is also the youngest. It seems reasonably firm too, but tasted with about two hours more of air in a glass, it was completely approachable. This is very tasty, a good candidate for the best of the vertical, but I'd still vote for the 2007 at the moment. There were 9,375 bottles produced.”
April 1, 2017, Roger Voss
“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.”
July 31, 2012, Kim Marcus
“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 & Spirits
December 1, 2011, Joshua Greene
“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, located in the Douro Superior on the left bank of the River Douro and in the heart of the Côa Archaeological Park, is Ramos Pinto's most historical and well-preserved vineyard site. Once home to a 3rd century A.D. civilization, the land at Quinta de Ervamoira has been cultivated over time, and remains rich and prosperous. Today, 240 acres of vines are planted vertically, a departure from the traditional horizontally terraced rows, which allows for less fruit per plant but more concentrated fruit flavors.
Juiced by foot in the winepress, the fermentation lasts from four to five days, producing an excellent extract.
Splendid color, it is a deep ripe red with beautiful violet reflections. The nose reveals an elegant bouquet; ripe fruit stands out, such as strawberry and raspberry, helianthemums and balsamic touches of cedar. There is a fresh and full-bodied entrance with remarkable harmony that is rich with ripe fruit and a slight resinous touch. The slick, soft tannins reveal the degree of ripeness of the grapes of the Quinta de Ervamoira. It has a lasting aftertaste, harmonious and very persistent.
2009 was a dry year when compared to the average over the last 30 years, but slightly less rainy than in 2008, with especially low rainfall from July to September. It was a healthy year, with little to no phytosanitary treatments. Maturation went well until the beginning of the second week of August, when very high temperatures were experienced, close to 45°C. These conditions led to low production yields and high grape concentration, which gave our wines great expressiveness and intensity.
After dinner, it goes well with the cheeses from the serra and other full cream cheeses. Serve between 18º and 22º C. Store the bottle on its side in a cool, dry and dark place.
Varietals: 55% Touriga Nacional, 30% Touriga Franca, 15% Tinta Barroca
Wine Alcohol: 20%
Titratable Acidity: 5.14 g/l
Residual Sugar: 94.2 g/l
Suggested Retail Price: $88.00