Ramos Pinto with Ana Rato

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Ana Rato winemaker from Ramos Pinto presented a tasting of Port’s and wines at Storrs Hall near Windermere to Sommeliers and invited quests. We were introduced to Adriano Reserva White Port that Ana showed as an aperitif mixed with tonic, ice and mint, this was very refreshing. We then moved onto the main tasting, mentioning that all of the port’s that will be shown today have been in lagar with 4 day’s treading by feet. Most of the Brandy that fortifies these ports is from France and Spain.

Ramos Pinto Late Bottled Vintage 2013 (95 Decanter Points). Unfiltered but very fresh with ripe blackberries, raisin, coffee with a fresh kick of acidity.

Ramos Pinto Quinta de Ervamoira 10 year old tawny. Situated in the Douro Superior with 234 Acres of land with 150 h/a of vines with an average age of the vine being 30 years old. This is the largest Quinta in the Douro and all of the grapes are hand harvested This property was purchased by Ramos Pinto in 1974, but the vineyard was nearly lost when the construction of the Coa dam in 1996 started and flooded the lower end of the vineyard, but fortunately it was saved by the Portuguese government and is now a UNESCO heritage site. The blend is from Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca and Touriga Franca. The tawny’s average age of port is 10 year’s old but the oldest is 25 year old and the youngest 13 years. An elegant wine with a dark tawny colour with apricot, plum and vanilla dominating with fresh acidity

Ramos Pinto Quinta do Bom Retiro 20 year old tawny This is one of the oldest vineyards in the Douro with selected plots going into the final blend and was once voted the best fortified wine in the world. Although the average age of the port is 20 year’s there is a small amount of the 1924 vintage in the blend. Touriga Nacional, Tinto Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Tinto Cão and Touriga Franca. Red/Orange in colour with cocoa, Cinnamon, dried fruit and Christmas cake aromas dominating.

Ramos Pinto 30 year old tawny. The wine comes from wine that has been barrel aged in cellar’s at Vila Nova de Gaia. The oldest wine that has gone into this blend is 1909. A mixture of port grapes. Tawny/Orange with a greenish ting. Cocoa, spice, cinnamon almonds dominate this wine with a liquorice finish.

Duas Quintas Branco, Douro. From two Quintas Ervamoira and Bom-Retiro. A traditional blend with local grapes Viosinho, Rabigato and Arinto blended together to make this fresh easy drinking with with peach and stone fruit coming through. Lovely chilled

Duas Quintas Tinto, Douro. A blend of Port grapes with plum, black cherry, spice and woody aromas showing well. A long fruity finish.

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