Ramos Pinto Tawny Port 20 year old
This has a pretty amber hue, with complex flavors of smoke, honey, dried herbs and hazelnut. Long and rich on the finish, with zesty hints of anise and concentrated spice and toffee notes. Drink now. 700 cases imported.
The NV RP 20 "Quinta do Bom Retiro" 20 Year Old Tawny Port was bottled in 2014. It comes in at 122.3 grams per liter of residual sugar and was aged in wood of varying sizes and types (Portuguese and French oak, chestnut and cherry tree). Average in concentration, this is a friendly 20-year-old that focuses on presenting a bright, sunny demeanor. Don't misunderstand, because it still is classic in its flavor profile and particularly after it settled in and was open a few days, it showed off its beautiful, old tawny nuances. It leans more, though, to lively and cheerful than the brooding and darker flavors of treacle, seared bitter chocolate and molasses. It has a wonderfully fresh feel to it and nice viscosity. Call it somewhere in between the Warre Otima and the Vallado 20 in this issue as it provides something for everyone. The crisp finish with nice tension allows the flavors to linger respectably as it airs. As always for long-aged tawnies, I put in a general end-date indicator, but they tend to last a long, long time if well stored (and there are no cork problems). It is, of course, expected to be drunk now and it does come with a bar-top cork. This is, incidentally, yet another example of how temperature affects a wine. Ordinary at room temperature, it was wonderful at 58 degrees F.