Ramos Pinto Quinta do Bom Retiro 20-year Tawny
Wine Review Online
February 2022, Rich Cook
“I love this single Quinta offering from this venerable house. The fruit has proven more than up to the time in the barrel here, with rich, concentrated berry character taking on the nutty marzipan and subtle spice character that no doubt comes from skilled barrel maintenance and a watchful eye on the oxidation that comes over so many years. A unique treasure!”
September 24, 2020, Richard Mayson
“Resplendent with its pale amber-tawny hue and just a glint of orange; appetising savoury aromas of lightly toasted almonds and slightly caramelised, mellifluous fruit; fine and delicate, super-suave with that beautifully melded savoury-sweet fruit (the hallmark of great tawny) and an incredibly long, fresh, elegant finish. Finely and perfectly poised.”
Wine & Spirits
91 Points, YEAR'S BEST TAWNY PORTS
December 2019, Joshua Greene
“Bom Retiro is a historic property on the south side of the Douro River canyon, across the river from Pinhão. It has been owned by Ramos Pinto since 1919 and provides the fruit for this Tawny. The wine’s earthy honey scent suggests its supple textures, while there’s brightness to its orange marmalade flavors, the lasting impression firm, juicy and clean.”
The Wine Advocate
February 28, 2019, Mark Squires
“The NV RP 20 Year Old Tawny Port Quinta do Bom Retiro is a single-quinta tawny coming in with 130 grams of residual sugar and a bar-top cork. It was bottled in May 2018. The sugar level is a little higher this year than on the last one I saw, and this is on the sweet side on opening. This finishes, predictably, with a sweet edge at that point, but it also has a somewhat sharp edge because the spirits are a bit noticeable early on, not completely covered up by the sugar. This and the last release that I saw both had some brandy-nuanced overtones on opening and release, but both improved over a couple of days.”
February 1, 2019, Roger Voss
“Old gold in color, this is the most complete style of aged tawny. The long barrel aging (in old barrels) has given concentration, a touch of oxidation and a wonderful spicy character. It is rich, luscious and beautifully ready to drink.”
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.”
Ramos Pinto was founded in 1880 and, for several decades, its history has been marked by a balance between innovation and respect for tradition. In addition to producing wines of exceptional quality, the House is known for its knowledge of terroir and for its pioneering viticulture. Through its strict production policy, the selection of the best Douro grape varieties and the systematic technical and technological research, the House is positioned as the reference for the production of superior quality wines in Portugal.
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.
Tawny port is characterized by its golden amber color with aromas of nuts which, with age, are refined, gaining complexity, elegance and finesse. Tawnies are made with blends of various years (including selections that are over 75 years old) peacefully aged in 650 liter casks. 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