Snapshot
Vintage: 2005
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 2013 when it was bottled.
Notes: Superb brick red/brown appearance with medium depth of color. Very clean fresh aroma with a subdued spicy character and a hint of dried fruits. Refreshing seductive flavors on the palate with dried fruits and a lingering nutty velvety finish on the palate.
Ratings
Publication: Wine advocate
Rating: 92
The 2005 Colheita Tawny Port was bottled in 2015 with a long cork. Much darker in color than a bunch of similarly-aged tawnies (including one from Niepoort), this is also nicely concentrated for its age. It shows more complexity, but doesn't seem quite as youthful as most do at this age. That's not bad news, at least today, because it is sturdier and far more intriguing than most young ones, with dark, old-tawny flavors to go with its relatively stern demeanor. There's far more molasses than caramel on first taste. The finish then lingers very respectably for a young tawny. I liked this a lot. The only quibble is something it cannot fix--it's a young tawny, notwithstanding its demeanor. That means after a week or so open, it changes much faster (and declines a bit), unlike the long-aged powerhouses. It is still far more complex than young ones usually are. For its category and early on, the first couple of days, it often overachieves and easily exceeded expectations. It seemed like one of the more interesting young tawnies I've had of late. Pricing was not available as of this writing.
Publication: Wine Spectator
Rating: 90
Lively, with roasted plum and wild cherry flavors, featuring plenty of savory notes. Espresso, cream and tarragon hints power the luscious finish. Drink now. 40 cases imported.