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.
These grapes from our Ervamoira and Bons Ares estates were manually harvested from carefully selected vineyards. Vinification took place in granite wine pressers or stainless steel vats, depending on the plots. After trimming and pressing in a vertical press, the wine underwent malolactic fermentation. For 18 months, 20% of the wine has been aged in wooden barrels, with the other 80% aged in modern one-fill wine barrel of varying capacities. The blend was made in the spring of 2011 before bottling.
The principal characteristics of 2009, a very dry year with a hot summer, were the low yields and the high concentration of the grapes, which gave the wines a great expressiveness and intensity.
Very dark red, the aromas combine dark plummy fruit with herbs and a hint of spice. On the palate generous fruit, a supple texture and bright fruit on the finish.
Pair with richly flavoured dishes such as game, roast beef or even roasted cod. It also goes very well with cheeses such as Stilton and Serra.
Serve between 16º and 18º C. Store the bottle upright, in a cool, dry and dark place.
92/100, Wine Enthusiast Magazine 2012, USA
Douro Valley, Portugal
50% Touriga Nacional
10% Tinta da Barca
40% Touriga Franca