A deep ruby red in color, this intensely aromatic Port is full-bodied with youthful freshness and beautiful fruit.
Wine Maker Notes
Passadouro Ruby Reserva is foot-trodden and fermented in a traditional granite lagar. It matures for five years in 40-year-old Portuguese oak; this extended aging period results in an exceptionally complex Ruby Port.
Varietal Composition20% Touriga Franca, 20% Tinta Roriz, 20% Touriga Nacional, 20% Tinto Cao and 20% Tinta Amarela
Excellent with cheese, chocolate, or on its own as an aperitif or after-dinner drink.
The Passadouro vineyard has roots with the Niepoort Port house, where it used to supply grapes for their renowned Quinta do Passadouro Niepoort Vintage Port. Today, winemaker/owner Jorge Serodio Borges focuses on making top-level dry and unfortified wines from the same vineyard. Natural farming is prioritized, and no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides are used. Irrigation is minimal and performed only by hand, and indigenous yeasts are used for almost all fermentation. Organic certification by Sativa is pending. Due to the steep grade of the slopes where the vineyards are planted and the narrow width of the terraces, all grapes must be picked by hand. Traditional foot-treading in granite lagares is often employed, which yields fine, silky tannins since the process is so gentle on the grapes. The wines are all aged in French barriques. Borges”s early experience includes working as an oenologist at Niepoort. Now, in addition to owning Quinta do Passadouro, he is and his wife, Sandra Tavares da Silva (also an oenologist) own the winery Wine & Soul. Sandra, who has the distinction of being the Douro’s first female winemaker, gained her experience at Quinta do Vale D. Maria in the Douro and at her family”s estate of Chocapalha in Estremadura.