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Niepoort Late Bottled Vintage Port (375ML half-bottle) 2011

Port from Portugal
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    375ML / 20% ABV
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      375ML / 20% ABV

      Winemaker Notes

      Dark red appearance, fresh, floral aroma with some exuberance initially and a hint of dark plums and blackberries. On the palate, vinosity is at the forefront and although medium-bodied it exhibits fantastic length with grainy soft tannins and superb dark fruits leading to a fresh acid driven finish. This LBV is ready to be enjoyed and will become more complex by extending ageing for a couple of decades.

      Pairing: Late bottled vintage is the perfect port to accompany chocolate desserts, especially if dark/bitter chocolate is used! Fantastic also with portuguese "Queijo da Serra",Stilton and mature Parmesan where the saltiness of the aged Parmesan provides the perfect balance for the sweet fruit of the LBV. However the combination that beats them all has to be that of Rolf Niepoort - LBV and a pepper steak!!

      Critical Acclaim

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      Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
      The 2011 Late Bottled Vintage Port is a field blend bottled in 2015 after four years in large and old wooden vats. It comes in with 97 grams per liter of residual sugar. After those four years in barrel, it doesn't impress in mid-palate weight or concentration, but it is sunny and very elegant, a wonderfully graceful LBV. It seems precisely focused, the fruit lifted, fresh and penetrating on the palate. Its power emerges slowly but steadily, too, as it becomes more gripping on the finish. It is far more interesting the next day, though, finally showing some complexity and also fleshing out notably in the glass. It needed to show a bit more depth. You can approach this now because it is restrained and beautifully balanced, but it should hold well and a couple of years in the cellar wouldn't hurt. It is subtly impressive and built to age.
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      Niepoort, Portugal
      Niepoort is an independent family business since 1842. Through five generation the business has passed successfully from one Niepoort to the next Niepoort and in most cases older and younger generation worked side by side for a long period.
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      Best known for intense, impressive and age-worthy fortified wines, Portugal relies almost exclusively on its many indigenous grape varieties. Bordering Spain to its north and east, and the Atlantic Ocean on its west and south coasts, this is a land where tradition reigns supreme, due to its relative geographical and, for much of the 20th century, political isolation. A long and narrow but small country, Portugal claims considerable diversity in climate and wine styles, with milder weather in the north and significantly more rainfall near the coast.

      While Port (named after its city of Oporto on the Atlantic Coast at the end of the Douro Valley), made Portugal famous, Portugal is also an excellent source of dry red and white wines of various styles.

      The Duoro Valley produces full-bodied and concentrated dry red wines made from the same set of grape varieties used for Port, which include Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Spain’s Tempranillo), Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca and Tinto Cão, among a long list of others in minor proportions.

      Other dry wines include the tart, slightly effervescent Vinho Verde white wine, made in the north, and the bright, elegant reds and whites of the Dão as well as the bold, and fruit-driven reds and whites of the southern, Alentejo.

      The nation’s other important fortified wine, Madeira, is produced on the eponymous island off the North African coast.

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      Blended from the most important red grapes of the Douro Valley, Port is the famous fortified wine from Portugal. It is based on the Touriga Nacional grape with over 80 other varieties approved for use in the blend. However, typically about four other varieties play a major role: Tinta Barroca, Tinta Cão, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) and Touriga Francesa. Other wine regions of the world can produce fortified wine of a similar style from the same grapes or other grapes.

      There are numerous styles of Port: Ruby, Tawny, Vintage, LBV, White, Colheita, and a few unusual others.

      Ruby ports usually pack the most value and are ready to drink once bottled. Typical characteristics are ripe cherry and blackberry flavors with stewed plums, cocoa and dates.

      Tawny ports are “tawny” in color and have flavors of toffee, caramel, toasted pecans, vanilla, dried apricot, citrus peel, green figs and roasted espresso. The age designation on a Tawny Port indicates the average vintage age of the grapes in the bottle. These are not intended to be aged once bottled.

      When Port is made with high quality grapes selected from a single notable vintage, it is called Vintage Port. Some of the best recent vintages are 2016, 2011, 2007, 2003, 2000, 1997 and 1994. Vintage Ports are complex and full-bodied with many flavors possible: concentrated blackberry, black cherry, raspberry and spice, smoke, coffee and chocolate. Vintage ports tend to improve in the bottle up to approximately 30 years from the vintage.

      LBV Port comes from a single-vintage Ruby Port and may spend six years in the barrel before being bottled. These are ready to drink upon release. Serve most Ports slightly chilled at around 55-65°F.

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