Reviews

December 1, 2018 93 Points Wine Enthusiast

“A smoothly textured wine, this is perfectly in balance, with red berry and currant fruitiness assimilated into the lightly tannic and crisp texture. Drink from 2019.”

December 1, 2018 94 Points Wine Enthusiast

“This wine is made from Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs. The well-balanced palate is textured and mineral driven, with a crisp white-fruit flavor that comes together well. This can be enjoyed now, although it will be better from 2020.”

December 2018 90 Points Wine & Spirits

“Barbera vines planted in Serralunga d’Alba’s Colombaro vineyard supply the fruit for this deeply concentrated wine. Layers of black licorice and melted chocolate enrich the wine’s dark fruit flavors, and a note of salinity brightens the finish.”

December 2018 90 Points Wine & Spirits

“In 1974, Ramos Pinto purchased this property in the far-eastern Douro Superior, where João Nicolau de Almeida researched what would become the five recommended varieties for planting in the Douro. Four of those varieties—touriga nacional, touriga franca, tinta roriz and tinta barroca—produce this single-quinta Tawny, a wine that shows the arid heat of the region in its notes of figs and pear liqueur. With its tart apple acidity and walnut-like tannins providing focus and structure, it’s a clean and simple pleasure for a cheese plate.”

December 2018 94 Points 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.”

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