Founded in 1880 by brothers Adriano and Antonio, this Port house has always had a pioneering spirit.
Ramos Pinto is run today by the heirs of these two energetic vintners: Jorge Rosas, Export Director and João Nicolau de Almeida, the enologist
In 1990 Ramos Pinto became part of the Champagne Louis Roederer group, which shares a similar family owned history and has since enjoyed significant investment and further improvements in quality.
Among Port producers, Ramos Pinto enjoys the distinction of holding the largest proportion of vineyards in relation to its production, giving them a high degree of control over viticultural methods at harvest time. The house tends 187 hectares of prime vineyards in the Alto Corgo and Douro Superior areas of the famed Douro region, the mountainous valleys formed by the Douro River and its tributaries.
The award-winning 10, and 20 year-old Tawnies are produced at Quinta da Ervamoira and Bom Retiro respectively.
Made from Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca and Tinto Cão, his wonderful old tawny is a blend with an average age of 20 years, made from a selection of several lots originating in one of the oldest vineyards in the Douro region – “Quinta do Bom Retiro”.
The age of this wine has seen its colour change to a warm brick red with hints of gold. The nose is fresh with notes of toffee and fudge over grapefruit, apricot, nut and cocoa aromas, flavours that follow through on to the rich and generous palate.
Fine deep colour with brick red edge. Good depth of nose, sweet and harmonious, some spirit on the nose, rich, soft touches of dark chocolate and cherry (cherry tomato). Harmonious, elegant wine, some fine structure with exciting hints of spice and mint, very focused fruit, soft.
A delightful Vintage Port now with good tannins to take it to old age. Appears softer than usual. Closing nose. Big fruit, blackcurrant and blackberry, real intense jams with cocoa notes and firm yet silky tannins.
Powerful Vintage Port. Fine ripe fruit, good expression, cherry, a charming character.
The wettest winter followed by the hottest summer. This off-the-charts weather pattern resulted in high levels of sugar and acidity. In other words, the ideal combination for perfect balance. As a result, Noval 2003 Vintage stands out for its structure, deep colour and complexity of aromas.
“Monumental, voluptuous wine, with luscious fresh ripe black fruits. Beginning to show delicious open notes of evolution. Ethereal on nose, wonderful plenitude in the mouth, liquorice. Ripe complete and fine.”
2007 was an excellent Vintage in the Douro. The weather, combined with the work of the viticulturists and the winemakers, produced a stunning Graham’s Vintage Port. The sheer power, weight, complexity and balance of this wine guarantee its longevity.
Moreau’s “Vaudésir” is from vines aged between 40 and 65 years old.
Fermentation is is stainless steel and 65% of the wine stays in steel whilst the remaining 35% is aged in oak – 90% is 1-3 year old wood and only 10% is new. This gives a very restrained expression of oak – it seasons rather than flavours.
Opaque, purple black colour with a narrow violet rim. Characteristically stylish and racy, with a nose of dense blackcurrant and woodland fruit overlaid with discreet herbal nuances and scents of violet and rose petals.
As usual the classic Taylor elegance and understatement conceal the wine’s energy and vigour. On the palate it displays the lean, sinewy and tightly knit tannins which are so much a feature of the Taylor style and the vibrant and clearly delineated fruit flavours which are the hallmark of the 2007 vintage.
“From these Elysian fields used to come one of the very greatest wines in the world – the legendary Constantia,” writes Hugh Johnson, “Constantia was bought by European courts in the 18th and 19th Centuries in preference to Yquem, Tokay, Madeira…”.
100% Muscat de Frontignan.
A rich, dark golden honey colour with intense perfumed nose of complex spice, cloves and vanilla. Developed secondary flavours of orange marmalade and dark chocolate. An intriguing and ever-evolving wine. The bold, sweet palate is perfectly balanced by tight acidity which results in a long-lingering honeyed finish.
Graham’s 2000 Vintage displays a deep ruby colour. On the nose it is packed with aromas of dark fruits such as plums and blackberries. On the palate it has the typical Graham richness and concentration, full-bodied, with great length and intensity on the finish. Approachable now but is still 4 to 5 years from its prime, after which it will age superbly for decades.
From the famous Monte Bello Vineyard, this is the “baby brother” to Ridge “Monte Bello” and the wine that, until 2008, was called “Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet”.
The Monte Bello vineyard, situated a mere 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean, sits at an altitude of 2,600 ft, high up in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA, California’s coolest Cabernet producing area.
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot & 5% Cabernet Franc from between fifteen of twenty estate parcels. The oldest vines date back to 1949 with further plantings in 1968/9, 1972, 1982, 1987/8, 1990, 1995, 1997/8 and 2008.
The grapes were de-stemmed, and carefully sorted before being fermented using the native yeasts. The wine was pressed after six days. Natural malolactic was initiated in tank and finished in barrel with additional 16 weeks of lees contact.
The wine was aged for 19 months in American oak barrels; (70% new, 30% two and three years old).
Winemakers tasting note:
“Deep purple colour. Aromas of blackcurrant, cherries, clove spice, toasted oak, and cocoa. Ripe bramble fruit entry, medium-full body, supple tannins, and sweet oak; firm acid persists in a long finish.”