June 10th marks Dia de Portugal, or Day of Portugal, celebrated by Portuguese people all over the world. It commemorates Luis de Camoes, a national literary icon, and also Portugal's history and achievements.
Naturally, one of our favourite Portuguese exports is wine - not just Port, but also its under-rated still wines. We are pleased to represent Ramos Pinto, founded in 1880, which is positioned as the reference for production of superior quality wines in Portugal, with a legacy of innovation through its knowledge of terroir and pioneering viticulture.
Ramos Pinto's Duas Quintas estate embodies the freshness, precision and richness of wines from this Douro still wine producer.
From the region of Douro Superior, in particular Quinta de Ervamoira and Quinta dos Bons Ares, the blend of traditional grapes are given great care and modern winemaking techniques, to express their full potential. Grapes for the red wine include Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and other varieties, while the white wine includes Rabigato, Viosinho, Arinto, Gouveio and Codega.
Did you know? In 1990, Ramos Pinto joined the Maison Louis Roederer group, continuing its philosophy to craft the best terroir-driven wines with a sustainable approach practiced by the whole group.
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Ramos Pinto Duas Quintas Branco 2019
WA 89: The 2019 Duas Quintas Branco is a blend of 50% Rabigato, 25% Viosinho and 15% Arinto, plus dollops of Gouveio and Codega for the rest. It was mostly unoaked, as only about 10% of the wine was aged in French oak (but for a small number of Austrian casks) for six months. It comes in at 13.5% alcohol. Fresh, lively and seeming nicely concentrated for the style and the level, this looks like an excellent year for this regular Branco, which is often an overachiever. It's full of flavor too, but always in a dry and serious fashion, with the fruit nicely lifted on the finish.
WA 87: The 2019 Duas Quintas Tinto is mostly a 50/30 blend of Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca, with the rest composed of other typical grapes. It was aged for 12 months in a 50/50 mixture of stainless steel and wood (20% of the oaked half in barrel, 30% in large oak vats) and comes in at 14.3% alcohol. As is customary, this is a fruit-forward wine that adds a little distinction. This year it has very good concentration and a fresh feel, but this is a year that leans a little more to jammy fruit than freshness. Still, it never goes too far overboard in any direction. In its youth, it's going to be a crowd-pleaser for casual drinking, a little shy of structure, but tasting great. It's made to drink now, but it will hold a few years.
Ramos Pinto Duas Quintas Tinto 2018