Ramos Pinto Vintage Port
Wine & Spirits
December 1, 2017, Josh Greene
“This is an estate-grown Port from two properties—Bom Retiro, on the left bank of the Douro across from Pinhão, and Ervamoira, near Foz Coa in the Douro Superior. Both sites contributed touriga nacional, which benefited from the rains in mid-September; that and touriga francesa from Ervamoira are the main components in the blend, while other varieties, including barroca, bring complexity. It’s a muscular vintage from Ramos Pinto, almost completely shut down behind its tannins until the flavor bursts out in the finish, tingling with power. The dry, hot season shows in those tannins, but there’s also deep red-cherry power to the fruit, waiting to fill out the structure with time.”
October 1, 2017, Roger Voss
“With its highly perfumed character, this wine is intense with ripe tannins and delicious acidity. It almost needs to hold back on its ebullient aromas and fruitiness to balance out. The tannic structure could help, with a dry aftertaste that hints at the fruit to come.”
The Wine Advocate
August 31, 2017, Mark Squires
“The 2015 Vintage Port, the last from João Nicolau de Almeida’s reign as Managing Director at Ramos Pinto, is mostly Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca. It comes in at 94 grams per liter of residual sugar. This declared Vintage Porto was in bottle for a bit more than a month when seen. It seemed to have some room to grow and improve, to say the least. It looks like a fine 2015, showing plenty of power as it tightens and gets harder in the glass, plus very flavorful fruit. It has enough concentration, although no one will ever call this the most concentrated vintage. It is, however, focused and precise, bright and fresh, with that fine structure. This declaration was the right decision by Ramos Pinto (although early reports from winemaker Ana Rosas are that they do not have enough quantity to declare the 2016, anyway). Even so, this looks pretty fine. We’ll see what the future holds, of course, and there should be a long one here. This should age gracefully. It may also be approachable young, but if you really want it to be all it can be, cellar it for much longer than indicated, say, another ten years at least, maybe more. At that point, it just might be entitled to an uptick. There were 8,300 bottles produced, plus some large-format bottles.”
August 23, 2017, James Molesworth
“Well-built, with dark fig, boysenberry and blackberry confiture notes studded liberally with ganache, roasted apple wood and Black Forest cake flavors.”
Founded in 1880, Ramos-Pinto is a unique port producer owning extensive vineyards in the most favored sites of the Douro region. This allows it to have total control of grape production for its exclusive vintage ports. 2011 was marked by low rainfall and relatively cool temperatures, with exception to an early summer heat wave. Germination and the flowering period occurred two weeks earlier than in 2010, giving rise to large growth spurts at the end of April and beginning of May. This advance was maintained throughout the summer, compelling the harvests to start in early August. In all of Ramos Pinto history, this was the earliest harvest ever made. The red wines coming from plantations in Ervamoira (Douro Superior) showed a clear improvement in quality, namely the Touriga Nacional variety, which gives rise to some very elegant wines with a most extraordinary freshness. The majority of the wines from this estate are fresh, concentrated and with plenty of aromas. The Quinta do Bom Retiro (Cima Corgo) varietals also had an increased quality, particularly with the Touriga Nacional and Sousão; the latter produced more interesting and complex wines than in previous years.
Crushed by foot in the winepress, the grape fermentation process lasts around 4 to 5 days, producing an excellent wine. In the making of a vintage port, the finest wines of the Quintas are selected, Bom Retiro and Ervamoira, to create a full-bodied, intensely fruity and complex wine. The total ripeness of the grapes produces a particular style of port without the hard tones of less ripe tannins. The fruit characteristics and velvety texture will make it appealing in its youth, while the ripe tannins will preserve it for development over the next 20-30 years.
This wine is a deep purple color, typical of a young classic vintage. It has an elegant and fragrant aroma, a denoted fresh and fruity nose of raspberry and ripened plum, with a touch of resin and mint. In the mouth, it is soft yet full-bodied, a solid structure of polished tannins supports the ripe red fruit with a touch of mineral and freshness, as well as notes of mint and dark chocolate. Powerful and very tasty end, this is a classic vintage.
The older vines were picked at higher temperatures, resulting in more mature and heavier wines. The 2011 harvest ultimately provided a broad selection of fresh, fruity, and elegant wines allowing for large possibility of ageing.
Best served with cheese at the end of a meal such as Serra, Stilton and Gorgonzola, as well as other fatty cheeses. This wine is the ideal accompaniment to a strong cigar and should be decanted at least 2 hours before serving. Serving temperature is between 17 ºC and 18 ºC. The bottle should be stored flat, in a cool, dry place, shaded from light.
Varietals: 50% Touriga Nacional, 32% Touriga Franca, 5% Sousão, 3% Barroca, Blend of old vines 10%
Wine Alcohol: 19.5%
Titratable Acidity: 4.91
Residual Sugar: 90 g/l
Aging: 20 months in oak or chestnut vats
Aging Potential: More than 30 years
Suggested Retail Price: $139.00