Niepoort Vintage Port (375ML half-bottle) 1997 Front Label
Niepoort Vintage Port (375ML half-bottle) 1997 Front Label

Niepoort Vintage Port (375ML half-bottle) 1997

Port from Portugal
  • JS97
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JS 97
James Suckling
What a vivid and fascinating wood port with delicate caramel, honey, dried fruit and cedar character. Medium body, yet dense and silky. Bright. Hints of tannins. This is a wonderful colheita that will improve with age as well.
WS 96
Wine Spectator
Thick and jammy, with loads of blackberry and plum character. Full, very sweet and round. Caresses your palate. Very fruit-driven, but lots of tannin structure as well. Sneaks up on you with the power. Was a bodybuilder, but now a long distance runner. Love it. '77/'85/'97 blind Port retrospective. Best after 2012.
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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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Port is a sweet, fortified wine with numerous styles: Ruby, Tawny, Vintage, Late Bottled Vintage (LBV), White, Colheita, and a few unusual others. It is blended from from the most important red grapes of the Douro Valley, based primarily on Touriga Nacional with over 80 other varieties approved for use. Most Ports are best served slightly chilled at around 55-65°F.

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