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, from selected plots of both Ervamoira and Bons Ares Estates, were harvested and sorted by hand, into small boxes. Vinification was done in granite winepresses or stainless steel vats, depending on the plots. Following removal from the vats and pressing in a vertical press, the wine underwent a malolactic fermentation. During 18 months, 20% of the wine aged in wooden tonnels and 80% in new and one year old barrels. The blend was made in the spring of 2011 before bottling.
The 2012-2013 winter was much colder than the past two years and this followed through to Spring with a cold and wet March. The growing season was delayed because of extreme temperature fluctuations through to June. A warm summer was very welcome and September was very hot and dry – apart from one rainstorm on the 5th which provided much needed water. The resultant wines have good balance, concentration and natural acitdity – this will be a vintage suited to ageing.
Deep, intense dark garnet. Open and appealing aromas of dark red fruits with undertones of toasty oak and wild herbs. Full bodied, with concentrated dark fruit flavours and a spicy intense aftertaste. Its fine structure and length ensures further development over the next five years.
Should accompany rich and elaborate dishes: game, stews, ragouts. Ideal with roasted veal or lamb with garlic and rosemary. Goes well with creamy sheep cheese, such as Azeitão and Roquefort.
Serve between 16º and 18º C. Store the bottle upright, in a cool, dry and dark place.
IWC 2016: Gold Medal
Wine & Spirits Magazine: 92 Points
Robert Parker: 91 Points
Douro Valley, Portugal
66% Touriga Nacional
21% Touriga Franca
13% Tinta da Barca