2012 Niepoort Late Bottled Vintage Port

SKU #1280787 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Late Bottled Vintage Port was bottled in 2016 with a long cork. Focused and precise, this traditional LBV is notable for its subtle concentration and power. It's not at all jammy, but the expressive fruit lingers and makes it seem richer than it is on opening while the wine's inherent freshness cuts through the mid-palate and gives it a lively feel. The structure is actually better than the fruit--apart from the crisp feel, this has a real backbone. That supports the fruit beautifully and it was even more apparent after some six hours open. Not surprisingly, this young LBV was a bit tight. If it is not always impressive for its depth, it is for its power, precision and lift. I loved the firm feel on the finish. Overall, this is very pretty, age-worthy and likely to become increasingly complex. If the mid-palate keeps up as it ages--which still has to be proven--this might have a nice, long life. (MS)  (3/2017)

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Staff Image By: Adam Winkel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/15/2017 | Send Email
LBV Port as a category is an amazing value, and this is a very distinctive example. Red currant and blackberry fruit with cocoa powder and floral tones fill out a profile that is bright and deep and even somehow refreshing. This needs some aeration when you open it, and it ideally drinks best after being open for a day or more. I followed this over five days as it continued to improve, and it would have easily gone longer because of the firm acidic spine that places this above some similar bottles. An open bottle from a few days ago feels like a gift from yourself, as it might show its best just for you.

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Varietal:

Other Red Wines

Country:

Portugal

- Although quite small, Portugal produces a great variety of wines ranging from light and fizzy Vinho Verde to hearty and tannic Port. Portugal is Europe's fourth-largest wine-producing region, and has been exporting its wine since the 14th century. The Douro Valley of Portugal is the original and current home for the world's finest Port. The valley spans from east of the city of Oporto all the way to the border of Spain and is the country's best known wine region. Lesser-appreciated DOCs like Bairrada and Dão area also emerging for their fine, rustic reds. Click for a list of bestselling items from Portugal.
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Port

- Port is a fortified wine made by stopping the fermentation with brandy. The result is a heavy sweet wine, most often red, that is dense, rich and high in alcohol. Port is made all over the world with some great results in Australia and South Africa, but the most famous of these dessert wines come from Portugal. The great port houses (or lodges) are located along the Duoro River on the steep slate slopes high above the valley floor. There are several styles of port, including Ruby, Tawny, Vintage Character, Late Bottle Vintage, Colheita, and Single Quinta. Vintage ports are made in special years that the houses declare. View our bestselling Port.
Alcohol Content (%): 20