1997 Niepoort Vintage Porto Colheita

Proprietary Blend - 750ML
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JS 97 WA 93
JS 97

jamessuckling.com, September 2017

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...
WA 93

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2017

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...


Color & Type Port
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country Portugal
Region Douro
Vintage 1997
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 20.5%
Closure Cork

Introducing the exceptional 1997 Niepoort Vintage Porto Colheita, a magnificent red wine hailing from the Douro region of Portugal. This proprietary blend showcases the expertise and finesse of the renowned Niepoort winery, encapsulating the essence of a truly exquisite vintage.

In the glass, this wine delights with a deep, ruby red color, inviting the senses to explore its depths. The nose is immediately captivated by an array of aromas, starting with delicate caramel and honey notes that effortlessly intertwine with the essence of dried fruits and the gentle whispers of cedar. It is a symphony of scents, harmoniously blending together to create an olfactory experience that is nothing short of enchanting.

On the palate, the 1997 Niepoort Vintage Porto Colheita reveals its true splendor. Despite its medium body, it possesses a density and silkiness that is simply mesmerizing. The bright character of this wine shines through, accompanied by hints of tannins that add structure and complexity. It is a true delight, offering a multi-dimensional tasting experience that evolves with each sip.

Renowned wine critic James Suckling awarded this vintage an impressive score of 97 points, praising its vivid and fascinating wood port character. Suckling notes the wine's ability to improve with age, making it a worthy addition to any cellar. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also commended the 1997 Colheita Tawny Port, giving it a score of 93 points. They described it as wonderfully refined and elegant, showcasing complexity and length that is sure to captivate the most discerning palates.

Bottled in 2016, this wine is ready to be enjoyed now, but its potential for further evolution cannot be underestimated. The 1997 Niepoort Vintage Porto Colheita is a masterpiece that demands attention and appreciation. It is a wine that invites you to drink or hold, promising an unforgettable journey through the senses.