Niepoort 20 Year Tawny

Country: 
Portugal
Region: 
Porto
Item code: 
PNP008
Vintage: 
NV
Bottle sizes: 
750 ML
Appellation: 
Porto
Wine type: 
Port
Organic: 
Practicing
Niepoort
Varietals: 
Red Blend
Varietal notes: 
Touriga Nacional,Touriga Franca,Tinto Cão,Tinta Francisca,Tinta Amarela,Sousão,Tinta Roriz and others
The vineyards used for this tawny are Vinha da Pisca, Vale do Pinhao and Ferrao all in the Cima Corgo sub region of the Douro. The average age of the vines is in excess of 60 years old.
Each of the vineyards has a different orientation.
Schist
practicing organic, harvest is done by hand
foot trodden in lagares
The wine is aged in small old casks (550L) in their cellars at Vila Nova de Gaia over many years. The balanced marriage of the different characteristics and diverse ages is the art of the Niepoort master blender Jose Nogueira.
Brick red/brown appearance interspersed with Orange hues with good depth of color. Fabulous aromas of crystalized fruit and dried apricots which come through on the palate along with a smooth well integrated nutty alcoholic character on the finish.
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93 (WE)
The NV 20 Year Old Tawny Port was bottled in 2016 with a long cork. On first taste, I liked this far more than the 1997 Colheita reviewed this issue (about the same age). This has a bit more weight, a bit more intensity of complex flavors, a hint of brandy and a bit more power. That said, the Colheita stands out more for its texture and freshness. I personally liked the balance a bit better on the 1997, but they are both awfully good and each will justly have their fans. Or, resolve the problem by buying some of each. There's no right answer--and no wrong one. Pricing was not available as of this writing.
A vibrant tawny, with a rich array of dried citrus, apricot and hazelnut flavors that are backed by plenty of fresh acidity. Features white chocolate on the finish. Drink now.
A deliciously satisfying wood-aged Port. It has an intense fruitiness, with layers of acidity and oxidated notes. It’s concentrated, yet shows lightness and poise. Wine Enthusiast
Field Publication Computed: 
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Field Rating Computed: 
92\nThe NV 20 Year Old Tawny Port was bottled in 2016 with a long cork. On first taste, I liked this far more than the 1997 Colheita reviewed this issue (about the same age). This has a bit more weight, a bit more intensity of complex flavors, a hint of brandy and a bit more power. That said, the Colheita stands out more for its texture and freshness. I personally liked the balance a bit better on the 1997, but they are both awfully good and each will justly have their fans. Or, resolve the problem by buying some of each. There's no right answer--and no wrong one. Pricing was not available as of this writing.\n92\nA vibrant tawny, with a rich array of dried citrus, apricot and hazelnut flavors that are backed by plenty of fresh acidity. Features white chocolate on the finish. Drink now.\n93 (WE)\nA deliciously satisfying wood-aged Port. It has an intense fruitiness, with layers of acidity and oxidated notes. It’s concentrated, yet shows lightness and poise. Wine Enthusiast\n