Niepoort Vintage Port 2017


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Oporto, Portugal

Wine Advocate 99-100 points!

If you're intrigued by the possibility of having a near-perfect bottle of wine in your cellar, this is your chance! At the helm is Dirk Niepoort one of Portugal's most visionary winemakers. The Niepoort family owns 80 HA of vines in the Douro, all farmed organically, incorporating some Biodynamic principles as well. They also have purchased some truly amazing, old vine vineyards in Bairrada, Dao and Vino Verde. Dirk also now has vineyards in the Mosel in Germany, which he vinifies with his two sons.

"The 2017 Vintage Port is a field blend from old vines (80 to 100 years old). It comes in with 89 grams per liter of residual sugar. This was set for bottling in two weeks, but it was the final blend. Even when open for a couple of days, this was still tight, muscular and concentrated, grabbing the palate and never letting go. On opening, it was fragrant and delicious, but even then, there was plenty of muscle and evident concentration. The concentration and power merely improved as it aired out-unlike a lot of 2016s (which year Niepoort did not declare). Tasting it after several days open showed that it shut down and closed up in terms of expressiveness, but it definitively proved that it's an old-school, long-haul wine. Dry, stern and long on the finish, this is brilliant. It is hard to think of any basis on which this is not perfection just now-Niepoort says it is the best he's ever made. It's certainly the best I've seen from him, and it is a leading candidate for "Wine of the Vintage," although certainly not the only one. Finally, this is going to require patience. Nothing about it says "drink me now." It should age brilliantly. If you lack a cellar and patience, look away."-Mark Squires, Wine Advocate, 99-100 points! Drink 2035-2085.

Made from Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Roriz and others. "A wonderful dark purple rim and great depth of colour characterise the wine's appearance. The aromatic profile is dominated by superb youthful dark fruit. It is powerful on the initial attack, leading into a fresh mid-palate with beautifully seductive flavours of dark fruit. A great combination of power and elegance, ending in a bold, dry, lengthy and slightly green tannic finish. The length and structure of the 2017 vintage promise a long-lived wine with great ageing potential."--Niepoort

Enjoy the 2017 Niepoort Vintage Port over the next 40 years as the perfect ending to a great dinner or to celebrate a very special moment in your life. Perfect with cheeses such as "Queijo da Serra", Stilton or other blue cheeses, as well as chocolate desserts and blocks of dark chocolate.

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