Deep garnet color; plum, prune on the nose; ripe plum, raisin, mulled cherry, fig, sandalwood, hazelnut, caramel, chocolate on the palate.
Sweet (106 grams per liter of residual sugar) with excellent balancing acidity. Rich, full bodied. Plenty of creamy oak, which frames the ripe red fruits. Medium-full body. Long finish. 20% ABV
Ana Rosas is the master blender and head of port wine production at Ramos Pinto. She was brought into the winery in 1990 by her uncle José Ramos Pinto Rosas and worked with her cousin João Nicolau de Almeida until taking over from him in 2015. In 2017, wine magazine Grandes Escolhas named her “Port Wine Maker of the Year.”
The winery—called a lodge for porto—is located in the upper reach of the Douro Valley near the prehistoric rock paintings of Foz Coa. The enterprise began in the late 19th century when an artist, Adriano Ramos Pinto, founded the winery and used his art merchandise to promote the wine. His brother António Ramos Pinto soon joined him and took over commercial and financial management. Adriano focused on artistic creation and company promotion. Family members continue to guide the company. Today’s managing director is Jorge Rosas.
Ramos Pinto RP10 Quinta de Ervamoira Tawny Porto is rich, sleek, elegant, well balanced. A superb, delicious 10-year tawny porto. Excellent as a dessert wine. Pair with dark chocolate; milk or cream-based desserts; dried fruits; nut cakes and tortes; hard and aged cheeses. $35-45