2013 Niepoort "Vertente" Tinto Douro

SKU #1230861 91 points James Suckling

 A balanced, fresh style of red with fine tannins, dark berries and hints of hazelnuts. Medium body, delicate tannins and a clean finish. A blend of grape varities from the region. Excellent value for an outstanding Douro red – a real deal.  (10/2015)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Vertente is Niepoort's familiar Douro blend, sourced from a combination of younger (with Niepoort, that means about 25 years) and older vines. Startlingly open and expressive, this shows little sign of a problem in this difficult vintage. Exuberant and tasty, it also evolves into something more serious with aeration in the glass, showing more intensity and focus to go with the fine fruit. This is right in line with fine Vertentes in general and it should hold well in the cellar–although it is also approachable on the young side. Give it a year or two to settle in and then it depends on how you like them. (MS)  (8/2015)

K&L Notes

Not all is sweet in Portugal! Portugal is a great source not only for fine port wines, but for hearty, meaty, dry red table wines with plenty of class and distinction. One of the best wine growing regions in Portugal is the Douro Valley. Producing just as much dry red as it does fortified wine, this region is home to a number of regional varietals that lend these wines a rich depth of spice and savory character not to be found elsewhere. One of the better port houses in the Douro, Niepoort makes some dry wine as well as world-class fortified wines.

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Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/15/2016 | Send Email
A great example of the polish and class the dry red wines of Douro can achieve, even at a younger age. Showing the typical intensity and concentration of the Douro region, this Tinto also achieves a very elegant, clean profile, with beautiful black fruit, fig, and meat smoke aromas. On the palate it shows lifted acidity with fine-grained tannin and clear, polished fruit under a layer of spice and earth.

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- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14