2015 Porto Vintage This is an estate-grown Port from two properties—Bom Retiro, on the left bank of the Douro across from Pinhão, and Ervamoira, near Foz Coa in the Douro Superior. Both sites contributed touriga nacional, which benefited from the rains in mid-September; that and touriga francesa from Ervamoira are the main components in the blend, while other varieties, including barroca, bring complexity. It’s a muscular vintage from Ramos Pinto, almost completely shut down behind its tannins until the flavor bursts out in the finish, tingling with power. The dry, hot season shows in those tannins, but there's also deep redcherry power to the fruit, waiting to fill out the structure with time. —Joshua Greene
This wine was featured in our November 2017 monthly newsletter.
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