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Niepoort Late Bottled Vintage Port 2012


SKU 12864


With its brilliant red appearance and brick red hues on the rim, the wine offers refined aromas of cherries along with a subtle perfumed floral character as well as superb finesse. Essentially the wine is elegant in style, however, the palate presents somewhat of an enigma - initially the fruit and elegance on the nose comes through on the palate, but with gentle extract. It is superbly balanced and fresh, culminating in a somewhat robust and firm finish with a tannic grip. It will be interesting to see this wine develop as it ages, undoubtedly, in a very elegant manner. Late Bottled Vintage Ports are the perfect accompaniment to chocolate desserts, especially if dark and bitter chocolate is used. They also pair beautifully with Portuguese Queijo da Serra cheese, Stilton and mature Parmesan where the saltiness of the aged Parmesan balances out the sweet fruit of the LBV. However the combination that beats them all has to be Rolf Niepoort's suggestion - LBV and pepper steak!
Category Port
Country Portugal
Region Douro
Brand Niepoort
Alcohol/vol 19.5%
  • wa92

Wine AdvocateThe 2012 Late Bottled Vintage Port was bottled in 2016 with a long cork. Focused and precise, this traditional LBV is notable for its subtle concentration and power. It's not at all jammy, but the expressive fruit lingers and makes it seem richer than it is on opening while the wine's inherent freshness cuts through the mid-palate and gives it a lively feel. The structure is actually better than the fruit--apart from the crisp feel, this has a real backbone. That supports the fruit beautifully and it was even more apparent after some six hours open. Not surprisingly, this young LBV was a bit tight. If it is not always impressive for its depth, it is for its power, precision and lift. I loved the firm feel on the finish. Overall, this is very pretty, age-worthy and likely to become increasingly complex. If the mid-palate keeps up as it ages--which still has to be proven--this might have a nice, long life. Pricing was not available as of this writing.

Mark Squires, February 28, 2017