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.
The grapes from our Quintas of Ervamoira and Bom Retiro are harvested by hand in small containers and taken to the lagar to be crushed by foot. Fermentation lasts from 3 to 5 days, producing a wine with excellent extract. The wine is then aged in Vila Nova de Gaia, in casks of approximately 15,000 litres. The blend was made in May 2021 and bottled in September of the same year. The 2017 LBV is a traditional unfiltered Late Bottled Vintage, preserving the existing fruit and with great ageing potential.
In the Douro region, 2016-2017 was quite a dry viticultural year and after May there was no relevant rainfall. Average temperatures from March to June were higher. The harvest of white and red grapes in the two sub-regions began earlier than usual and almost simultaneously. The profile of the 2017 harvest is ripe, rich, and scented. This crop will be remembered for the grapes’ speedy maturation and the intensity of the harvest.
A beautifully intense red in colour, young and dense. Fresh aromas of raspberry and blueberry refined with a citric touch of bergamot and soft violet notes. In the mouth it is fresh, with the pureness of intense fruit, and prominent aromas of red berries and cherries, fresh lavender notes and a rich finish of chocolate and raspberry. Succulent tannins and remarkable acidity which in turn provide freshness and balance followed by a long 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
Douro Valley, Portugal
59% Touriga Nacional
32% Touriga Franca
7% Tinto Cão
2% Tinta Barroca