Snapshot
Vintage: 2012
Bottle sizes: 375 ML, 750 ML
Country: Portugal
Region: Porto
Appellation: Porto
Wine type: Port
Varietals: Red Blend
Varietal notes: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão,Tinta Francisca, Tinta Amarela, Sousão and Tinta Roriz and others
Organic: Practicing
Vineyard: Vinha da Pisca, Vale do Pinhão e Ferrão, vineyards with vines over 70 years old. These vineyards are located in the Cima Corgo section of the Douro valley.
Orientation: a mix of different orientations depending on the vineyard.
Soil: Schist
Viticulture: practicing organic and harvest done by hand
Vinification: Foot trodden in lagares.
Aging: The wine aged in large wooden casks at the Niepoort lodge in Gaia until bottling in 2012. Niepoort always bottles LBV's four years after the harvest.
Production: 80,000 bottles
Notes: This is perhaps the most iconic of Niepoorts ports. Dirk Niepoort calls it the "younger brother" of the Vintage Port as the grapes and vinification methods are the same. Both are made from a selection of full-bodied wines of high quality produced from a single year. The time this wine spends in large wooden vats aging (4-6 years) allows it to mature and settle down, being ready to drink young and right after bottling.
Ratings
Publication: Wine advocate
Rating: 92
The 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.