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Ramos Pinto

Pioneers of the Douro since 1880

Founded in 1880 by brothers Adriano and Antonio, this Port house has always had a pioneering spirit. In the early 20th century it became noted for its innovative and enterprising commercial strategies including the distinctive art nouveau advertising campaign.

Ramos Pinto is run today by the heirs of these two energetic vintners: Jorge Rosas, Export Director and João Nicolau de Almeida, the enologist who was responsible for officially identifying the five key grape varieties (out of over 70 originally grown) that are best suited to wine production in the Douro region. His findings have been adopted by the authorities for all new plantings. In addition, he introduced and developed vertical vine planting techniques in the region and has advanced Port and wine vinification by building two of the most modern wineries in the whole Douro region (at Quinta do Bom Retiro and Quinta dos Bons Ares).

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.

All situated in the areas of the Cima-Corgo and the Douro Superior, the four ‘quintas’ or ‘estates’ that make up Ramos Pinto’s holdings are: Quinta do Bom Retiro in Pinhão, planted exclusively with red varieties, Quinta da Urtiga which is adjacent to Bom Retiro and Quinta da Ervamoira in the far upper Douro, by the Côa river near the Spanish border. Here the grapes grow in dry semi-desert conditions. Quinta dos Bons Ares is a cooler site with some of the highest vineyards in the Douro. Both red and white varieties ripen here with great natural acidity and complex flavours.

The award-winning 10, 20 and 30-year-old Tawnies are produced at Quinta da Ervamoira and Bom Retiro respectively.

Ramos Pinto also produces a notable selection of table wines from native Douro varieties. The fruit is sourced from two locations: the hot and dry environment of the Quinta da Ervamoira and the cool, high altitude Quinta dos Bons Ares, hence the name ‘Duas Quintas’. The resultant wine reflects these origins well, combining ripeness and structure with freshness and vivacity.

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Adriano White Reserva Port — Ramos Pinto

Adriano White Reserva Port

Douro Valley, Portugal

Codega
Malvasia Fina
Viozinho
Rabigato

Tasting note

Pale gold with an intense and complex aroma of ripe golden fruit, blending tropical aromas with crystallized orange, plus hints of spices. On the palate is full bodied with a mature luscious tone and finishes with a balanced freshness and a long lasting finish.

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Collector Ruby Reserve — Ramos Pinto

Collector Ruby Reserve

Douro Valley, Portugal

A blend of traditional grape varieties from old vines

Tasting note

Deep dark brick red. Rich ripe dark fruits, with hints of prunes, figs, blackberry and cherry. Warm fruit, full bodied with sweet ripe mellow finish. Drink over the next two years.

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Ervamoira, 10 Year Old Tawny — Ramos Pinto

Ervamoira, 10 Year Old Tawny

Douro Valley, Portugal

Touriga Nacional
Touriga Franca
Tinta Roriz
Tinta Barroca

Tasting note

Reddish tawny to the rim. The rich aroma has a ripe fruit tones with spicy vanilla notes. On the palate, its smooth sweet texture shows mellow ripe fruit with a ripe raisin and spicy wood tone and a bright fresh finish with hints of sweet red fruits and dark chocolate.

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Bom Retiro, 20 Year Old Tawny — Ramos Pinto

Bom Retiro, 20 Year Old Tawny

Douro Valley, Portugal

Touriga Franca
Touriga Nacional
Tinta Roriz
Tinta Barroca
Tinto Cão

Tasting note

Tawny colour with red tints. Lovely aroma of complex luscious mature fruit, spices and vanilla. Sweet and multi-layered palate with mellow dried fruit and a deep spicy flavour plus a ripe dark fruits dimension. Very long savoury finish.

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30 Year Old Tawny — Ramos Pinto

30 Year Old Tawny

Douro Valley, Portugal

A blend of grape varieties from old vines

Tasting note

Striking pale tawny amber colour with orange/brown hints and greenish hue on the rim, typical of ancient cask-aged wines. First impression is warm and charming with soft tones of cinnamon and ancient dried fruits. The initial flavours of dried fruits, almonds and hazelnut are followed by subtle, complex and ethereal wood and spice qualities. Culminates in a sweet, warm finish.

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Late Bottled Vintage 2012 — Ramos Pinto

Late Bottled Vintage 2012

Douro Valley, Portugal

51% Touriga Nacional
40% Touriga Franca
6% Sousão
3% Mix of old vines

Tasting note

Deep red in colour with an intensely fruity aroma of ripe raspberries and a hint of chocolate. Elegant on the palate, with excellent body and power. Ripe tannins and a long, decadent, anise spiced finish.

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Late Bottled Vintage 2011 — Ramos Pinto

Late Bottled Vintage 2011

Douro Valley, Portugal

55% Touriga Franca
33% Touriga Nacional
6% Barroca
4% Sousão

Tasting note

Deep red in colour with an intensely fruity aroma of ripe raspberries and a hint of chocolate. Elegant on the palate, with excellent body and power. Ripe tannins and a long, decadent, anise spiced finish.

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Vintage Port 2000 — Ramos Pinto

Vintage Port 2000

Douro Valley, Portugal

60% Touriga Nacional
15% Tinta Roriz
10% Tinta Barroca
15% blend of old vines

Tasting note

Exceptionally deep dense colour. A complex mixture of aromas: compote of red fruits, ripe plums, with hints of dark chocolate and pepper. On the palate, it is elegant and well structured, full bodied, brimming with fruity flavour, full of concentration and firm tannins that will give great potential for ageing further. A long, velvety aftertaste.

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Vintage Port 1995 — Ramos Pinto

Vintage Port 1995

Douro Valley, Portugal

45% Touriga Nacional
40% Touriga Franca
15% Tinta Barroca

Tasting note

Deep, dark, opaque red. The nose combines mature dark fruits with spice and floral notes. The flavour is intense, lively with some notes of cedar and cinnamon. Smooth and silky with luscious texture. The fine tannins gave structure and good length. A fine example of Vintage Port that is ready to drink and will develop further over the next decade.

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Quinta de Ervamoira Vintage 1994 — Ramos Pinto

Quinta de Ervamoira Vintage 1994

Douro Valley, Portugal

60% Touriga Nacional
40% Tinta Barroca

Tasting note

Deep colour and intense fruit concentration are the hallmarks of this great vintage. Added to this, the Quinta Ervamoira vineyard gives a creamy texture and sweet silky finish. Already very attractive to drink now and will continue to develop over the next decade.

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Vintage Port 1983 — Ramos Pinto

Vintage Port 1983

Douro Valley, Portugal

50% Tinta Barroca
20% Touriga Nacional
30% blend of old vines

Tasting note

Mature now and still retaining the intense colour of this top vintage showing brick tint on the rim. An attractive aroma combining mature spice notes with brightness. Full bodied and silky textured still showing some luscious fruitiness with a fine tannic structure and fresh acidity that will support many more years. Drink now – 2023.

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