Niepoort Vertente Douro 2013 750ml
SKU 781194
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Niepoort Vertente Douro Red Blend 2013

Douro - Portugal

Professional Wine Reviews for Niepoort Vertente Douro Red Blend 2013

Rated 91 by Decanter
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. Drink now. (Suckling)
Rated 90 by Robert Parker
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.

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Region: Douro

From their beautifully rich Bordeaux style wines, to their famous fortified wines, the wineries of Douro in Portugal have long been recognized as being amongst the finest of the Old World. For over two thousand years, Douro has been an important center of fine wine production, and it isn't difficult to see why the earliest attempts at viticulture led to an ever expanding wine industry in the region. The beautiful Douro river provides the vineyards with all the moisture and nutrients they need in order to grow fruit of real character and flavor, and the long, baking hot summers help ripen the grapes and intensify their juices. Today, Douro wines are popular all over the world, and wineries are producing more bottles than ever before to keep up with demand. Although the region is still most famous for the fortified wines of Porto, the still wines have centuries of tradition, and a whole set of distinctive flavors and characteristics that simply cannot be ignored.

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.