Ramos Pinto 2015 Vintage Port is a superb vintage release from a vintage producing remarkably structured and fresh wines.
Ramos Pinto was founded in 1880 by brothers Antonio and Adriano and has always had a pioneering spirit. In the early 20th century it became noted for its innovative and enterprising commercial strategies including the distinctive art nouveau advertising campaign. Ramos Pinto is run today by the heirs of these two energetic vintners: Jorge Rosas, Export Director and João Nicolau de Almeida, the oenologist who was responsible for officially identifying the five key grape varieties. In 1990 Ramos Pinto became part of the Champagne Louis Roederer group, which shares a similar family owned history and has since enjoyed significant investment and further improvements in quality. Ramos Pinto enjoys the distinction of holding the largest proportion of vineyards in relation to its production, giving them a high degree of control over viticultural methods at harvest time. The house tends 187 hectares of prime vineyards in the Alto Corgo and Douro Superior areas of the famed Douro region, the mountainous valley formed by the Douro River and its tributaries.
2015 was a was a very dry wine-growing year in the Douro with much less rain than the previous year. A cold dry winter was followed by an atypically warm spring, with peaks of hot weather in May and late June, which speeded up the vegetative rhythm. However, the existence of water reserves in the soil and the cool nights during the summer allowed the grapes to mature smoothly and progressively.
Ramos Pinto 2015 Vintage Port is a blend of 53% Touriga Nacional, 37% Touriga Franca and 8% Sousão. The grapes are fermented in granite lagares where the grapes were trodden by foot and without destemming. The fermentation of this wine lasts between 4 and 5 days and produces an excellent extract. After this the wine is aged in barrel for 18 months first at the Romas Pinto winery and subsequently at their lodge in Vilanova de Gaia.