Niepoort Vertente Tinto 2016 - Carlo Russo Wine & Spirit World
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Niepoort Vertente Tinto 2016
SKU: 55309

Niepoort Vertente Tinto 2016

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750ml
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Category Red Wine
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Region Portugal, Douro
Brand Niepoort
Alcohol/vol 12.5%
The Vertente 2016 offers a beautiful, concentrated ruby colour and a youthful, rich and complex nose full of black pepper aromas and red fruits of the forest notes, with nuances of plums and cherries too. The wood is subtle, providing some hints of smokiness. One can also detect mineral notes of wet stone. The palate is tightly structured and profound, with a good backbone, yet showing elegance and finesse, with well-integrated tannins and balanced acidity which give it a long and deeply enjoyable finish. This Vertente should age very well in bottle.
Wine Advocate
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The 2016 Vertente is a field blend aged for 20 months in 80% used French barriques. It comes in at 12.5% alcohol. This is glorious, an important value point in Niepoort's often pricey lineup. It shows respectable concentration—it's not quite the entry-level red but not the high-end Tinto either. The concentration is subtle—it's never jammy—but it is rather concentrated, maybe more than last year's version. Its freshness and tightly wound demeanor are both impressive. The fruit is beautifully lifted on the palate, and this seems enlivening all the while it is open. This is a great food wine that tastes great too. You can approach this young, because the tannins are very ripe, but giving it at least six months would help. Niepoort suggested that this could easily age for 15 years or more. The structure certainly will support it.

Robert Parker
Wine Spectator
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Ripe red berry and cherry notes reveal a licorice edge in this full-bodied red, with floral and spice detail coming in on the tannic finish. Drink now through 2020. 5,500 cases made.

Gillian Sciaretta, 2019