Ramos Pinto Quinta do Bom Retiro 20-year Tawny
December 31, 2018, James Molesworth
“A plump and engaging tawny, with caramel, toffee, cinnamon and fruitcake notes weaving around the mulled cherry and plum fruit. Toasted sesame flavors show on the warm finish. Drink now. 380 cases imported.”
Wine & Spirits
“Bom Retiro is Ramos Pinto’s historic home on the south bank of the Douro, just downstream from Pinhão. Its steep, terraced hills rising high above the river grow the fruit for this Tawny: touriga nacional, touriga franca, tinta roriz, tinta barroca and tinto cão. Aged into a dark, rich wine at the cusp of maturity, the fruit still bristles with energy, hinting at fresh figs and oranges, while mature tones lend the velvet texture of plums baked to perfection. The flavors last, with a spicy zing of acidity deliciously integrated into the fruit. Classical.”
October 1, 2017
“A powerful and expressive perfume of honey, tar and burnt orange flows from the glass, with a macerated cherry and nut complexity on the palate. It still has chew to it alongside freshness and nice vivacity.”
Ramos Pinto makes several single-quinta ports, capturing the special qualities of each vineyard in the wine. The Ramos Pinto 20 Year Tawny is made from a selection of several plots from one of the oldest vineyards in the Douro region, the Quinta do Bom Retiro.
Made from wines of the Quinta de Bom Retiro, this is a blend with an average age of 20 years, an adult and sophisticated tawny.
This wine has a tawny color with a yellow halo that signifies an advanced stage of maturity. This is the genuine color of a 20-year-old cask-aged wine. It has a warm red color with a slight orange tone at the bottom of the glass. There is a lively aroma with a velvety texture. The aromas include those of fruit (grapefruit, apricot, almond, hazelnut and cocoa bean); wood (vanilla, old Port wine casks and phenol), roasted aromas such as cinnamon, caramel and coffee; and ethereal aromas of stearin and iodine. Smooth and dry in the mouth, the wine is complemented by a rich and generous persistence of flavor. It has a fine and delicious attack. The elegance of the first contact with the palate is maintained through a complex sequence of ripe and dried fruits and nuts in a fresh and licorice-like harmony.
Delicious as an aperitif or following an evening meal, this tawny also can accompany chocolate, cheeses and cream-based desserts or desserts that are not overly sweet. It goes very well with dry fruit and nuts, nut cakes and Swiss rolls. Serve between 57º and 64.5ºF (14º and 18º C). Store the bottle upright, in a cool, dry and dark place.
Varietals: Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Tinto Câo
Wine Alcohol: 20%
Titratable Acidity: 4.26 g/l
Residual Sugar: 122.3 g/l
Aging: 20 years in wood
Suggested Retail Price: $70.00