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Ramos Pinto Quinta Da Ervamoira 10 Year Old Tawny Port NV

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Ramos Pinto Quinta da Ervamoira 10 year old Tawny Port

Adriano Ramos Pinto founded the house in 1880 and the excellent quality of the wines soon gained recognition on the export market. Adriano’s business foresight made him something of a pioneer in the Port market whereby he supported the promotion of his wines with a quality advertising campaign based on posters designed by some of the most famous artists of his time. Today, as majority shareholders, the Louis Roederer family group perpetuates the policy of quality by way of substantial investment in advanced technology and viticultural methods combined with respect for tradition and service.

Among Port producers, Ramos Pinto has the largest holding of estate vineyards proportionate to wine produced. The Quintas are located in the delimited areas of Cima-Corgo for Quinta do Bom-Retiro and Quinta do Urtiga, and Douro Superior for Quinta da Ervamoira. Some 90 kilometres upstream from the Atlantic mouth of the Douro River, the beginning of the Port district is marked by a 1400 metre high mountain, the north-south orientation of which protects the area from the maritime infl uences. The summers are hot, with low rainfall overall, falling mostly in the cold winter months. Port may only be produced in the Delimited Region which extends up the Douro Valley to the Spanish border, as far as the schistose soil persists.The vineyards are generally on steep slopes varying from 30% to 70% gradient.

In 1976, Ramos Pinto began a detailed and ongoing research project to select the best grape varieties for the production of quality Port. Five varietals selected by Ramos Pinto were subsequently adopted by the Authorities for all new plantings in the region: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz and Tinto Cao.

Following ageing of the two to three years at the lodges in Ramos Pinto’s Quintas in the Douro Valley, the wines acquire a specifi c character. They are then brought down to the Vila Nova de Gaia and blended according to the desired style. Port production is governed by very strict regulations whcih guarantee the authenticity of the wines. The Port Wine Institute grants the producer a certifi cate of origin and a seal of quality only after each blend has been tasted, analysed and approved for export. Region Quinta da Ervamoira, located on the Douro superior on the left bank of the Douro River where it meets the Coa River, is Ramos Pinto’s experimental vineyard. Here, 240 acres of vines are planted vertically, a departure from the traditional horizontal rows stepping up the hilly slopes rising from the river. Vertical planting allows closer spacing of the vines, increasing the production by hectare and reducing vigour, with a resultant improvement in quality. Like much of the Douro’s steep slopes, the soil is schistose and very poor.

Terrain Steep rocky mountains fl ank the Duoro and the vine has adapted well to the man made terraces of generally poor soils over schistose. Soils which encourage deep penetration of the roots fi nd moisture during the blistering summers, whcih are countered by biting winter rains. 

Grape Varieties: touriga nacional 30%, tinta roriz 30%, touriga francesa 15%, tinta barroca 25%

Alcohol p.v: 19.4%

Tasting Note

Colour: Rich tawny amber in hue with fl ecks of topaz and gold.

Bouquet: A round, generous bouquet of fruit aromas ranging from apricot to plum, with hints of vanilla.

Palate: Smooth and full bodied showing fruity fl avours juxtaposed with rich oak in excellent balance. This Tawny offers all the maturity of an aged wine with the vigour of youth.

Service: Delicious as an aperitif or after dinner with chocolate, cheeses and not-too-sweet deserts. Especially good with dried fruit and nut cakes.

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  1. There may well be a better port 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Jul 2012

    but I haven't yet found it.

    Expensive, yes but worth an occasional slurp.


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