Niepoort Lagar De Baixo Tinto Bairrada 2016 750ml
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Niepoort Lagar De Baixo Tinto Bairrada 2016

Bairrada - Portugal

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Rated 94 by James Suckling
Extremely perfumed with fresh flowers and strawberries popping right out of the glass. Full-bodied, layered and juicy. Shows freshness and tension. Bright. Drink or hold.
Rated 91 by Wine Advocate
The 2016 Lagar de Baixo is a Baga aged for 20 months in old 2,000-liter fuders. It comes in at 12% alcohol. One of the better red values in Niepoort's lineup, this has all you want—structure, reasonable concentration for the grape and region, freshness and a long finish. Rather tight on that finish, this is still approachable, showing beautiful fruit and a lively demeanor. I'm not sure this is as good as the 2015, but it is still very fine. Let's see it acquire some complexity in time—it should age well. This was only in bottle about two weeks when seen, so it may yet improve.

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Country: Portugal

Most of us are quick to associate Portugal primarily with the excellent fortified wines which come out of the Porto area, but there is much more to Portuguese viticulture than just this. Perhaps the most popular still wines the country produces are the varieties from the Vinho Verde region, which uses grapes that do not achieve high doses of sugar, meaning the wines are at their best when young and full of natural, springy fruit flavors The wines of the Douro region have undergone many transformations in their flavor and character over the centuries; once regarded as a bitter wine, the exporters experimented with fortifying the wine with brandy. After several centuries, vintners found a balance in the modern age which is at once reminiscent of Port wine, yet with the structure and character closer to other fine Portuguese wines. Thanks to the appellation system of Portugal and the strict laws governing wine production, Portuguese wines continue to maintain their reputation for quality and the distinctive characteristics they carry.