Ramos Pinto Port & Douro
It was the father of Ramos Pinto’s director and winemaker, João Nicolau de Almeida, who created Barca Velha (see FERREIRA), the Douro’s first great red wine, and Ramos Pinto has been one of the leading proponents in the recent revival of table wines (last made in any quantity before port evolved into a fortified style). Duas Quintas wines are named for the high vineyards (600m) of Bon Ares and the lower Ervamoira (both deep in the Douro Superior). The reds are now consistently good, stylish with excellent fruit intensity and refined, if firm, in structure. A deep, vigorous and classy Reserva Especial from a field blend of 50 year-old vines (actually from Bom-Retiro, the company’s leading estate on the Rio Torto) shows a wonderful seam of minerality and promises to age well for a decade plus. The Reserva and Collection are also very good, the latter, fleshier and more approachable but nonetheless well structured. An attractive white for early drinking is also made. Most consistent and refined of the ports is a 20-year-old Tawny from Bom-Retiro. It has depth and intensity (sometimes missing in this category) as well as complexity and refinement. Vintage Port has been better in recent vintages (2011 and 1997 at least) but although it has a certain individuality, it wants for more depth and richness. Late Bottled Vintage can be remarkably full and powerful while a modest Vintage Character port is named for a fourth quinta, Urtiga. Tawny ports are luscious and good value for money.
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