Ramos Pinto Late Bottle Vintage Port 2011
Wine AdvocateThe 2011 Late Bottled Vintage Port is a blend of 55% Touriga Franca, 35% Touriga Nacional, 6% Tinta Barroca and 4% Sousão, that was aged for four years (2015 bottling) in 15,000-liter casks. It comes in at 99 grams per liter of residual sugar and is unfiltered. A blend of grapes from Ramos Pinto's Ervamoira and Bom Retiro Quintas, this is very serious and very well structured. Its focus and fine finish are lovely. Brooding and stern on opening, it shows little. The next day, it exploded in the glass. Did I mention that it is pretty delicious, too? In structure, concentration and complexity, it is a mini-me of a fine Vintage Port, with everything in fine proportion and perfect balance. I'm not certain if this is my favorite LBV in this report--only because there were so many superb performances in varied styles--but it is certainly on the short list.
Wine SpectatorAromas and flavors of dark chocolate define this youthful style. Plum pudding and spice notes linger on the juicy finish. Offers fresh and alluring juiciness. Drink now. 325 cases imported.
Wine EnthusiastThis wine is dry and firm, showing developing fruit under dark tannins. Big plum and berry flavors are ripe, juicy and fresh on the finish. Drink from 2019.