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Niepoort Redoma 2014

Niepoort Redoma 2014

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"The 2014 Redoma, Niepoort's field blend from old vines, is one of my favorite Douro blends, but it seems to fall a bit short in this tough vintage. Light and a little too easy, its best feature is the vivid fruit flavor. Not many 2014s can say that. All too many of them are dry, stern and stolid. This, at least, tastes great. It does seem a bit off its normal mark otherwise, not showing enough concentration. The structure is just average. Its fresh and lively feel still makes it a pleasure to drink, though. It won't go down as a great Redoma, but it is certainly a pleasing one in a tough year and a perfect food wine. Drink: 2017-2027. 90 points

Yes, Niepoort Vinho Verde is here. It's old news, actually. Dirk, these days, has a footprint in many regions, but it's worth spotlighting his Vinho Verde output since this issue (April 2017) marks the debut of the new Vinho Verde season. (These are, however, late-submitted 2015s, not 2016s.) I really like his efforts in Vinho Verde. They are often among my favorites in his output, not having quite as much grandeur as some of his other labels, but always showing fine quality and value for the money. The rest aren't so bad, either. In particular, this issue includes Dão, Douro and Bairrada (that last separately listed under Quinta de Baixo). Pricing on these wines could not be finalized before these notes were submitted, but pricing on existing brands already in the database shouldn't vary too much."

Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (230)