Ramos Pinto Releases Historic Tawny Port ‘Vinces’

The Vinces Very Old Tawny Port in its purpose-made bottle and case

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The Vinces Very Old Tawny Port in its purpose-made bottle and case

The Vinces Very Old Tawny Port in its purpose-made bottle and case

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Average age of 100 years

Port house Ramos Pinto has released a Very Old Tawny Port, a blend of ten long-aged Tawny Ports, giving it an average age of 100 years. Tawny Ports are usually released as ten-, twenty-, thirty- and forty-year-old blends, increasing in complexity with age. Ramos Pinto’s release, named Vinces, after the company motto in hoc signo vinces – in this sign you will win – is thus exceptional.

Oldest part of wine dates to 1880

The oldest component of the wine is from 1880, the year in which Ramos Pinto was founded. There also is a wine from 1900 which won a gold medal at the Paris Exhibition and a wine from 1919, the year in which Ramos Pinto acquired Quinta do Bom Retiro in the Upper Douro Valley. These historic wines were carefully selected and then blended by Ramos Pinto’s master blender Ana Rosas, a descendant of the founding family.

The wine, of which just 100 bottles were made, comes in a round-bottomed, mouth-blown decanter, a nod to the tradition of passing the Port bottle round and round the table, since it can only rest in its stand.

Vinces will retail at £6,500 / US$8,882 and will be available from Harrods and other fine wine retailers later this year.

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