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Ramos Pinto Vintage Port 2004

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Ramos Pinto Vintage Port 2004

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. Method: Vintage 2004 was produced to traditional methods. The grapes trodden manually in a “lagare”, with no hot/cool treatment or fi ltration to preserve the fruit content and ensure longevity.

Harvest: The 2004 grape-growing year was generally hot and dry, with irregular precipitation. Winter through to July was particularly dry. The vines adapted well to the increasingly dry period, ensuring good vegetation important for the ripening stage. In terms of the plants’ health, there were no signifi cant diseases or pests, resulting in very healthy grapes. In August the weather changed dramatically, with an abnormal amount of rainfall falling (between 46 to 55 mm). A very hot September, however, led to good ripening of the grapes.

Grape Varieties: Touriga Nacional 60%, Touriga Franca 30%, Tinta Roriz 10%

Alcohol p.v: 20.0%

Tasting Note
Colour: Deep crimson red with shades of violet

Bouquet: Elegant fl oaral notes showing hints of rose and black cherry.

Palate: The palate show robust tannins with hints of ripe plum and blackberry fruit, the hallmarks of a good vintage port with ageing potential. Smooth and well-balanced, the fi nish is long and dry.

Service: Allow the bottle to stand uprigh a minimum of two hours prior to careful decanting and service at 18 degree Celsius. Vintage port is an ideal accompaniment to ripe, mature cheeses with dried fruit and nuts. Ramos Pinot Vintage Port will benefi t from cellaring of 10-12 year.

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