(Niepoort) Quinta do Vale Dona Maria Vintage Port 1997
"... pure, rich, and concentrated with copious quantities of blackberry, cassis, and licorice-flavored fruit." Robert Parker
|Grape Blend||Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca|
Niepoort's mission is to preserve the niche player position and continue to create great Port and Douro wines bringing together secular tradition and innovation.
The company has passed through five generations of family ownership and Dirk Niepoort now runs the firm. He has a dedication. passion and enthusiasm that has made him one of the most popular figures in the wine trade. He has always been innovative, pushing the boundaries both in winemaking and design concepts to achieve a unique style.
Niepoort was formerly more well-known for its Colheita wines, the vintage tawny Ports that are not often exported. Niepoort Vintage Port has a style that can be appreciated when very young, though as it matures, the wine soon closes up and becomes as long-lived as any. Production is tiny compared to other producers so the ports are rarities.
"This elegantly-style, dark ruby/purple-colored 1997 vintage port was produced by Niepoort. Rich and full-bodied, with an evolved style, it does not have the weight of the vintage's blockbusters, but it is well-made, pure, rich, and concentrated with copious quantities of blackberry, cassis, and licorice-flavored fruit. The long finish displays sweet tannin." Robert Parker