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.
Crushed by foot in the winepress, the grape fermentation process lasts around four to five days. The fermentation is stopped by the addition of 20% spirit. Lastly, the wine is racked. It does not undergo any hot or cold treatment or filtration.
In the Douro region, the viticultural year of 2016-2017 was dry and from May onward there was no relevant precipitation. The bud burst happened almost a week earlier than the average and the whole cycle was very precocious. In 2017 the harvest in the two sub-regions where the Ramos Pinto Quintas are located started almost simultaneously and much earlier than average. Usually this happens with a significant time difference. The grapes were harvested in perfect conditions and yields were very low. The profile of the 2017 crop is ripe, rich and perfumed.
Very deep red colour, with violet reflexes. Lively and intense aromas of raspberry, strawberry and forest fruit. Hints of rock-rose, black pepper and cocoa. Full-bodied with a gripping tannin structure which is alive, dense and has fresh fruit flavours searing through. A very long and enjoyable finish. The Quinta de Ervamoira Vintage 2017 is an intense, lively and aromatic wine.
After dinner, goes well with a number of full fat cheeses such as Serra, Stilton, Gorgonzola and others.
Ideal with a strong cigar. Should be opened 2 hours before being served and decanted.
The wine should be opened and decanted two hours before being served, from 18º to 22ºC. For storage, the bottle should be laid horizontally in a cool place away from light.
Douro Valley, Portugal
60% Touriga Nacional
15% Touriga Franca
10% Tinta Barroca
5% Tinto Cão