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.
Duas Quintas of the name refers to the two Ramos Pinto Douro vineyards where the grapes for this wine are grown. The hotter Quinta de Ervamoira produces ripe rich flavoured fruit while the high altitude Quinta dos Bons Ares adds freshness and balance.
The grapes are harvested by hand and transported to the winemaking centre in small boxes, separated by
variety and vineyard; the must is obtained by direct pressing after cold maceration. The clean must was
fermented in stainless steel vats at low temperature (90%) and the rest in French and Austrian oak casks of
varying capacities (10%). This wine was bottled between March and April 2018.
The 2017 harvest will be remembered for the speed at which the grapes ripened, particularly in the case of
the Quinta dos Bons Ares white wines which were picked 3 weeks earlier than usual, whilst the Quinta de
Ervamoira whites were 10 days early. The dry Winter and the high Spring temperatures were the main
reasons behind this phenomenon.The healthy condition of the grapes was ideal and yields were low. The
profile of the 2017 harvest is mature, rich and scented.
Pale with light gold-green reflections. Aromas of lemons, herbs and white flowers finishing with a slight spice. A dry palate with hints of ripe golden fruit and a lemon finish.
Excellent when served as an aperitif or an accompaniment with smoked fish, dry-cured ham, mushroom risottos or roast chicken.
Serve between 12º and 14º C. Store the bottle on its side in a cool, dry and dark place.
Robert Parker – 89 Points
Douro Valley, Portugal