(Port) Wine review: Ramos Pinto Quinta do Bom Retiro 20 year tawny

The Ramos Pinto Quinta do Bom Retiro 20 year tawny is the best port I’ve ever had.

I don’t say that lightly. It is the perfect balance of flavors, just the right smoothness, a true pleasure to drink.
Gerald Boyd sums it up well, and gives it 95 points, which is super high for a port:

The color is bright and richly tawny with no hints of red. Up-front ripe dried fruit, with traces of iodine and rancio mark the aromatic nose. The flavors are richly textured, high-profile fruit, smooth and supple that carry through to the length finish. This 20-Year Tawny is the perfect choice between the more youthful 10-Year and mature 30-Year.

This is a single quinta tawny, which is more rare than the usual distributions. It was last bottled in 2005, but like most tawnys, contains grapes from multiple vintages blended together.