Ramos Reserva 2012

This hand-crafted wine is a blend of native Alentejo grapes Trincadeira and Aragonez plus a touch of Syrah for added body. The fruit is sourced from 1,000-foot high schist and limestone vineyards surrounding J Portugal Ramos's Vila Santa winery. Unoaked, it is fresh and fruity while maintaining a plush mouthfeel.

Tasting Notes

Ruby red in color. This wine displays aromas of ripe red fruit and dried herbs. It is soft and robust with complex tannins. On the palate, the wine is spicy with a long finish.

Food Pairing

Pair with sausage and peppers, herb-roasted lamb, or beef stew. 

Production Info
Vineyard size
1,250 acres
Soil composition
Schist Calcareous Clay-Loam
Training method
Guyot unilateral, bilateral and unilateral Royat cord
Elevation
1,000 feet
Vines/acre
1,200-1,600
Yield/acre
2.4-2.8 tons
Exposure
Northern / Southern / Southwestern / Northwestern
Year vineyard planted
1989-2003
Harvest time
September
First vintage of this wine
2009
Bottles produced of this wine
500,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
Blend of Trincadeira, Aragonez, and Syrah
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation
8 days
Fermentation temperature
75-79 °F
Maceration technique
Racking
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Analytical Data
Alcohol
14 %
pH level
3.6
Residual sugar
<4.0 g/L
Acidity
5.1 g/L

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