2000 Ramos Pinto

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£37.00 DP

Average critic rating : 90.33 points



This seductive, sexy, accessible, forward vintage port boasts a dense purple color as well as copious quantities of jammy red and black fruits intermixed with smoke, earth, and licorice. Additional definition and firmness should emerge with time in the bottle. Sweet, layered, and full-bodied, it will be at its finest between 2007-2020. Robert Parker, oct 2002



Pretty young Port. Aromas of crushed berries and orange peel, with a hint of fresh herbs. Full-bodied, slightly sweet, with plenty of ripe fruit and firm tannins. Medium finish. Better than from barrel. Best after 2007. – James Suckling , Wine Spectator 2003



The 2000 Vintage Port was bottled in 2002. It is a blend of 60% Touriga Nacional, 15%Tinta Roriz, 10% Tinta Barroca and 15% old vines, aged in large wooden vats (balseiros) for 18 months. It comes in at 89.2 grams per iter of residual sugar. Drinking rather well now, this has seductive texture and a balanced presentation, finishing with a touch of sugar and nuances of gracefully maturing Port. Laced with a touch of chocolate, it shows more power and grip as it airs out. When it was tasted again the next day, after plenty of air on Day 1, this showed even better, fresher and steelier. That's a good sign. It demonstrates that it has plenty of life left (hardly a surprise), but it has already acquired necessary complexity and seems fine now. Drink it or hold it. It's in a good place, but it can still improve.||All of Ramos Pintos LBVs are traditional in style, unfiltered and with long corks. ||You'll note that as time goes on, the blends and vineyard sources changed here. Head winemaker and CEO João Nicolau de Almeida said to me: "As you can notice, 1980 and 1989 have both mixed varieties from Cima Corgo, and single varieties from Ervamoira in the Douro Superior. Since 1994, we are using only single varieties from Ervamoira. Moreover, you can notice that we have started using more Touriga Nacional along with other varieties and the last millésimes have a bigger percentage of Touriga Nacional and less Barroca, which can explain the evolution. We started planting Ervamoira in 1976 with separate varieties. At that time the clones of the Touriga Nacional produced very little quantity..."||Finally, these LBVs were intended for last issue's article on LBVs, here: http://www.erobertparker.com/members/winedata/articles/article987.asp. Unfortunately, various shipping issues meant that they couldn't get here in time to be included. That is especially a shame because these certainly would have taken their place at the top, with the best verticals presented. They might, in fact, be the best. In terms of power and concentration, they are often more likely to remind you of Vintage Ports. They have an old-fashioned feel to them – and I mean that in the very best way. They are added now as a small supplement to Issue 217, along with the Romaneira LBVs, also very fine. Both producers, in fact, make exactly the type of LBV I was talking about for that "top category" in Issue 217. These are super presentations. eRobertParker.com.April, 2015


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