Red fruit compote, ripe plum and berry fruits, notes of dark chocolate and spice. Good concentration and a nice tannic structure make for a seductive, warm finish that is long-asting and velvety.
Founded in 1880 by Adriano Ramos Pinto, this Port House has always had a pioneering spirit – from the distinctive and stylish ‘art nouveau’ advertising from the 1900s to the continuing wide ranging vineyard research with results that have benefited the whole port trade. Champagne Louis Roederer, now the majority shareholder, perpetuates this philosophy and ensures continuity in a company renowned for wine-making excellence.
Ramos Pinto holds the largest proportion of vineyards in relation to its production, giving it a high degree of control over viticultural methods and harvest timing. The house tends 187 hectares of prime vineyards in the Alto Corgo and Douro Superior areas of the famed Douro region, the mountainous valley formed by the Douro River and its tributaries.
Crushed by foot in the winepress, the grape fermentation process lasts around four to five days. The fermentation is stopped by the addition of 20% spirit. Lastly, the wine is racked. It does not undergo any hot or cold treatment or filtration. The Port spends 20 months ageing in large oak, chestnut or mahogany casks. and is bottled two years after the harvest (July 2002).
Winter was exceptionally dry with virtually no rain. However, cool and wet weather set in during April and persisted into May. This slowed down vine development and flowering and led to poor fruit set. This set the scene for one of the smallest harvests in many years. In June, ideal dry weather conditions prevailed. The summer was not one of extreme heat. September began with an unusually hot period, leading to a rapid advancement in maturity. When the vintage started, the fruit was in excellent condition, the grapes looking slightly ‘raisined’ characteristic of good Port grapes.