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.
Ramos Pinto holds the largest proportion of vineyards in relation to its production, giving it a high degree of control over viticultural methods and harvest timing. The house tends 187 hectares of prime vineyards in the Alto Corgo and Douro Superior areas of the famed Douro region, the mountainous valley formed by the Douro River and its tributaries.
Harvested by hand, the grapes are crushed by foot in “lagares”. Fermentation lasted around three to five days. It was aged in Vila Nova de Gaia, in casks 15,000 litre casks. The blend was created in March 2013 and bottled in November of the same year. The 2009 LBV is a traditional vintage style Port, without any hot or cold treatment and is also unfiltered.
2009 was a dry year even when compared to average expected rainfall between the months of July to September. Maturation ran smoothly until the beginning of the second week of August when very high temperatures were recorded. These conditions led to low production yields and high grape concentration.
Deep, dark red. Its aroma is intensely fruity with ripe plums and a hint of chocolate. Elegant on the palate, with good body and some power; round tannins and evident fruit maturity, it is accompanied by a light touch of anise and a long, rich finish.
Goes well with game dishes, cheese soufflé, Serra cheese or other fatty cheeses and chocolate desserts.
Serve between 17º and 18º C. Store the bottle upright, in a cool, dry and dark place.
DWWA 2014 Gold Medal & Regional Trophy: Port Over £15
IWC 2014 Silver Medal
Imbibe Sommelier Wine Awards 2014 Silver Medal
Douro Valley, Portugal
70% Touriga Nacional
25% Touriga Franca
1% Tinta da Barca