Ramos Pinto Quinta de Ervamoira Vintage

Douro, Portugal

Vintage: 2009 (Current)

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Ramos Pinto Quinta de Ervamoira Vintage 2009

Reviews

Wine Enthusiast

92 Points

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.”

Wine Spectator

93 Points

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

93 Points

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.”

Overview

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.

Winemaking

Juiced by foot in the winepress, the fermentation lasts from four to five days, producing an excellent extract.

Tasting Notes

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.

Harvest Notes

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.

Food Pairing

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.

Technical Information

Varietals: 55% Touriga Nacional, 30% Touriga Franca, 15% Tinta Barroca

Wine Alcohol: 20%

Titratable Acidity: 5.14 g/l

pH: 3.61

Residual Sugar: 94.2 g/l

Suggested Retail Price: $88.00