Vintage: 1997
Bottle sizes: 375 ML, 750 ML
Country: Portugal
Region: Porto
Appellation: Porto
Wine type: Port
Varietals: Red Blend
Varietal notes: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Cao, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousao, Tinta Roriz and others.
Organic: Practicing
Vineyard: Vale do Pinhão and Ferrão vineyards with vines over 60 years of age. All harvesting is done by hand.
Soil: Schist
Viticulture: Niepoort is practicing organic.
Vinification: Foot trodden in lagars and then fermented in small wooden casks.
Aging: The wine ages in the small wooden casks at the Niepoort lodge in Gaia until 2012 when it was bottled.
Notes: Wonderful brick red/brown colour. Delightful vinous aroma, well integrated with dried fruits aromas. A unique flavor reminiscent of dried prunes and apricots on the palate, leading to an elegant spirity finish.
Publication: Wine advocate
Rating: 93
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.