The NV Rp 30 Year Old Tawny Port comes in with 144 grams per liter of residual sugar. It was bottled with a bar-top cork in 2014--actually, one year older than the last version that I saw and with a lot more sugar listed. Winemaker Ana Rosas said the 2015 has roughly 120 grams per liter of residual sugar, but the average for the decade has been closer to 140 grams per liter. This is showing beautifully. Harmonious and refined, lively and fresh, its "old Tawny" flavors eventually come crashing onto its finish, but it always seems youthful and pure. If you like old Tawnies, that medley of molasses, caramel and dark chocolate that typically pops up is still there and pretty appealing, even after being open for a few days. This is very graceful, and despite the sugar level, it doesn't seem annoyingly sweet. Whatever else is here counters it rather well. Ramos Pinto makes about 5,500 liters of this annually. (Typically, they do not make a 40, although they have one exception to that.) As always, these last indefinitely, barring cork failures. They are not really meant to be held. (MS)
The wonderful old-gold color of this tawny leads into a generous, rich wine that has retained fruits while also showing a woody character that is typical of wines this old. With spice, dried raisins and intense acidity, it is a beautiful wine that deserves to be drunk just by itself. (RV)
This is alluring, with whiffs of warm date, green tea and walnut backed by juicy fig bread and salted caramel flavors. The racy, focused finish lets a singed juniper note glide through. (JM)
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