Niepoort Vintage Port 2017

Original Price $103.00
Current Price $78.97

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99-100pts Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate

It doesn't get much better than 99-100 points from Mr. Parker's Wine Advocate, and, like solar eclipses, who knows when, if ever, you'll see a price like this again. Niepoort "says it is the best he has ever made" and the reviewer uses words like "perfection" and "brilliant". What more do you need to know??

Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate: "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 has 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. Drink 2035-2085." Jul 2019

Winery: "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.

Perfect with cheeses such as “Queijo da Serra”, Stilton or other blue cheeses, as well as chocolate desserts and blocks of dark chocolate."

Bottle 750ml, cork
Varietal Touriga Franca, Tinto Cao, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousao, Tinta Roriz & others
Alcohol 19.7%
pH 3.56
Residual Sugar 89g/L
Total Acidity 4.8g/L
Volatile Acidity 0.24g/L
Total SO2 53mg/L
Dry Extract 121.5g/L
Volumic Mass 1.02g/L
Baume 3.2
Aging 24 months "in tonel"
Region Douro, Portugal
Original Price $103.00
Current Price $78.97

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