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Ramos Pinto 20 Year Old Tawny Port 50cl

The Experience

Drink When...
Anytime after 1880
Listen To...
Holding Back in the Years by Simply Red
Think About...
Arresting time
Drink With...
Caramel and walnut tart

The Oddbins Take

Many things have changed since 1880: Britannia no longer rules the waves (apart from Ben Ainslie, that is), we are no longer illuminated by candlelight and we have proved that the man in the moon exists. But in Portugal’s sleepy Douro valley and in the inner depths of the great Port Houses, not much has changed. And thank heavens: Ramos Pinto make this 20 year old Tawny in much the same way they always have. So when you taste its harmonious layers of dried fruit, roasted hazelnut, cinnamon, caramel and coffee, you’ll want to hold back the sands of time ever more.

The Vital Statistics

Country
Portugal
Region
Douro
Drink
Can Be Drunk Now - Will Evolve Over the Next 6 Years
Closure
Cork
Bottle Size
500ml
19.5%
Alcohol Units
9.8

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The Style

Grape
Touriga Naçional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Tinto Cão
Oak
Body
Light Full bodied
Sweetness
Dry Sweet

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Sarah Ahmed on TheWineDetective.co.uk, 26/10/15: "This 20 Year Old Tawny is as ebullient, naughty and nice as its maker, Ana Rosas, with whom I enjoyed a fantastic tasting of Tawny blend components last year, pictured. With its rich, satisfying core of buttery macademia nuts, candied citrus, fruit cake and liquorice, it could not be more different from the more slender Churchills 20 Year Old Tawny (which Oddbins showed alongside). A long, nutty spine makes for balance and length. Devilishy moreish, it’s a feast in a glass. In fact, if this Port was a cake, it would be Great British Bake Off finalist Tamal Ray’s final showstopper, Sticky Toffee Abandoned Chinese Fishing Village Fruit Cake (for which I’ve just discovered the recipe here – just in case you want to check the veracity of my observation – what a horizontal tasting that would be, in every sense of the word!)"

Founded in 1880 by Adriano Ramos-Pinto, this famous house was taken over in 1990 when the Champagne House Louis Roederer became the majority shareholder. Their four quintas (vineyards) provide the majority of grapes in order to have maximum control over the quality of the wines, thereby maintaining their philosophy of controlling all stages of production.

The House has carried out extensive research into vine varieties for Port production and their findings have been accepted as the official recommendations by the authorities. Ramos Pinto also pioneered the study and use of vertical planting - which has since led to mechanisation of the vineyards.

Winemaker Joao Nicolas de Almeida helped select the five established varieties for the Douro having joined Ramos Pinto in 1976.

Made by blending high quality wines from Quinta do Bom Retiro, with an average age of 20 years. The new wines give it vigour and freshness and the older wines, complexity and pedigree creating a sophisticated and complex tawny. It is aged in oak casks.

The colour is tawny, with chestnut hints that reflect its advanced age. You are greeted with lively aromas of grapefruit, apricot, almond, hazelnut and cocoa on the nose. Oaky aromas of vanilla, old Port casks laced with roasted aromas of spice, cinnamon, caramel and coffee abound. On the palate it is fine and elegant from start to finish. It is a harmonious, complex sequence of dry, mature fruits and is well-balanced with a fresh and luscious structure. The finish is smooth, generous and richly persistent.


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