Niepoort Colheita Port 1997 750ml
SKU 797685

Niepoort Colheita Port 1997

Porto - Porto - Portugal

Professional Wine Reviews for Niepoort Colheita Port 1997

Rated 97 by James Suckling
What a vivid and fascinating wood port with delicate caramel, honey, dried fruit and cedar character. Medium body, yet dense and silky. Bright. Hints of tannins. This is a wonderful colheita that will improve with age as well. Bottled in 2016. Drink or hold. (Suckling)
Rated 93 by Wine Advocate
The 1997 Colheita Tawny Port was bottled in 2016 with a long cork. Delectable, but wonderfully refined and elegant, this is--roughly--a 20 year tawny that doesn't hit you over the head with power and depth, but has complexity and length to spare. The molasses on the finish, with just a hint of treacle, gives this layers and intensity of flavor, but it always seems youthful, too--sometimes, more so than the 2005 bottling reviewed this issue. Going less for the "big bang" and more for silky sensuality, this is one to linger with and contemplate. It's lovely as well as lively. Pricing was not available as of this writing.

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I'm sorry, forget the 93 rating on this.

I've been drinking Colheita Tawny Ports for over 20 years since I first discovered them. There is a common, distinguishing, delicious characteristic of these Ports--a raisiny, nutty, woody, deep, complex character which defies description, but which is unique to vintage *Colheita* tawny ports (i.e. the grapes are of the same vintage, not a blend of many years "for consistency").

Sadly this unique quality is utterly lacking in this Port and I'm glad I only bought a few bottles to try. If you want to know what I'm talking about, try Feist or Feuerheerd's Colheita Ports.

The Niepoort retains far too much of the "soda-pop-like" Ruby Port quality (OK, I admit, I don't like Ruby Port--I find it thin-bodied, too fruity, too sweet and with no complexity).

I'm actually shocked to be writing this, given the high rating this port gets, but if you like Colheita Tawny Ports, you will probably regret buying this, especially given the price.

Would you buy this wine again?: No
Would you recommend this to a friend?: No

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Region: Porto

The city and region of Porto in Portugal has long been regarded as one of the most important wine producing areas on earth, and home to many of the world's most distinctive and characterful wines and fortified wines. So important was it, in the 18th century, it became part of the third ever protected wine region, following one in Hungary, and one in Italy. The wineries of Porto have generations of experience and expertise when it comes to working their land, and the fertile valley sides in the Douro region where Porto is found offers plenty of opportunities for growing a wide range of grape varietals. Most commonly, Porto wineries cultivate Tinta Barroca, Tinta Cão, Tempranillo, Touriga Francesa, and Touriga Nacional grapes, as these are the primary varietals used in the production of Porto's famous Port wines.

Country: Portugal

Portugal has been an important center for wine production ever since the Phoenicians and Carthaginians discovered that the many native grape varietals that grow in the country could be cultivated for making excellent wines. After all, Portugal has something of an ideal wine producing climate and terrain; lush green valleys, dry, rocky mountainsides and extremely fertile soil helped by long, hot summers and Atlantic winds. Today, such a climate and range of terroir produces an impressive variety of wines, with the best wines said to be coming out of the Douro region, the Alentejo and the Colares region near Lisbon. Portugal has an appellation system two hundred years older than France's, and much effort is made by regulating bodies to ensure that the quality of the country's produce remains high, and the wines remain representative of the regions they are grown in.