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  • Casa Ferreirinha Quinta da Leda 2019

    £49.99

    “The 2019 Quinta da Leda is a blend of 45% Touriga Franca, 35% Touriga Nacional, plus 10% Tinto Cão and 10% Tinta Roriz, aged for 18 months in an equal mixture of new and used French oak. It comes in at 13.7% alcohol. One of the best balanced Ledas in this group—perhaps the best—this has the advantage of youth, along with fine flavor and seemingly moderate tannins. It adds precision, finesse and focus. This is well done. It should age well. It also has the potential to improve notably over the next several years. Drink: 2022-2042. 94+ points”

    Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (04/22)

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  • Casa Ferreirinha Reserva Especial 2009

    £199.95

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    “The 2009 Reserva Especial is mostly a 45/30 blend of Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional, with 15% Tinta Roriz and 10% Tinto Cão, aged for 16 months in 75% new French oak. It comes in at 14.5% alcohol. Very muscular, this has all the warmth of this difficult and very hot vintage. The fruit marches right up to the line of too ripe and perhaps goes over it. The wine shows dark baked-plum flavors and just a hint of prune. I liked it anyway, but it is hard to call it a great Reserva Especial, even with some elements of greatness to it. The structure here is astonishingly good, for one thing, leaving this tight and powerful. That’s not unusual for this big vintage or the brand. However, it simply lacks the balance of the other wines. Personally, I’d take the 2009 Quinta da Leda (not seen for this issue) or the 2015. They may not be as attention-getting, but they are far fresher, particularly the 2015. Some may be happier with this, to be sure, others probably not. Let’s start here and see if this holds its balance as it ages. A little caution is warranted. It may yet make its case in the cellar, and these tend to age very well—although (beware…) this is not the freshest year. There were 1,500 cases produced. Drink: 2019-2040. 93+ points”

    Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (238)

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  • Niepoort Batuta 2015

    £67.49

    “The 2015 Batuta is a field blend from old vines, with lots of Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Rufete and others, aged in 20% new French barriques for 20 months. It comes in at just 12.5% alcohol. This may be my favorite Batuta in a long time. Now, this is always an elegantly crafted wine, always understated (often, to a fault). This year, though, it has a particularly nice combination of freshness, grip and ripe tannins that make it very appealing. Then, it adds that gorgeous intensity of fruit flavor that this vintage produced, perfectly supported and defined by the acidity that slams the fruit into the palate. There is also very respectable weight (relative to this usually understated bottling and the elegant vintage). It then finishes tight and grabs the palate. Overall, this deserves some props and plenty of them. It should age beautifully. It is also a vintage that is approachable young, but it will certainly be better in 2020 or so, assuming you can keep your hands off of it. It is very tasty now, if a bit tight. We’ll see what the future brings, but I have to lean up on this beauty right now. This was not bottled when seen, but it was a tank sample, out of barrel and the final blend. Drink: 2018-2045. 94-96 points

    Part of this new issue is assessing the new 2016 Branco vintage. In terms of whites, Niepoort said he was not sure which he preferred, leaning to the 2016s, but he preferred 2015 in both reds and ports. (Granting that everyone’s terroir is different and different picking decisions may color views, too, I lean to the 2015s overall.) Although many of these were not yet bottled, it looks to me like 2015 is one of Niepoort’s best vintages in Tintos. The Ports weren’t too shabby, either—those are separately reviewed this issue. They are among the stars of the vintage.

    This issue also includes wines from many of Niepoort’s terroirs—he is rapidly spreading through Portugal and popping up everywhere. To my mind, his Bairrada project just might be the best segment of his table wines these days (separately listed as Quinta de Baixo), assuming you like that low-alcohol, tannic and crisp style (nothing fat and sweet there). Increasingly, incidentally, Niepoort is releasing the wines a year later and holding them a bit longer in tank or bottle to make the wines more age-worthy and a little more austere, essentially calming the fruit.”

    Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (232)

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    Niepoort Coche 2017

    £55.95

    “Rabigato, Viosinho and Côdega do Larinho, average age > 80 years, on mica schist. Spontaneous fermentation, malo and one year in 300- and 500-litre barrels. pH 3.16, TA 6 g/l.

    As the name predicts, this has a definite but not excessive reductive character, more smoky-mineral than struck match. Fabulous depth of fruit, rounded, generous texture and still showing utter purity and freshness. The reductive character is perfectly judged, not overwhelming the fruit and enhancing the mineral character. Mouth-wateringly long and salty finish. Just makes you want to take the next sip. Glorious. I didn’t taste the the 2016 but I think this is even better than the 2015. Hats off to the Niepoort team. It might seem a crime to drink it so young when it is likely to gain in complexity but it is already delicious. Drink: 2020-2030. 18.5 points”

    Julia Harding, JancisRobinson.com (04/20)

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  • Niepoort Coche 2020

    £79.95

    Review to follow

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  • Niepoort Redoma Branco Reserva 2019

    £38.49

    “The 2019 Redoma Reserva Branco is a field blend from old vines featuring Rabigato, Códega, Viosinho, Arinto and others, all aged for nine months in 60% new French oak. It comes in very dry and at just 12.0% alcohol. This has more new wood and a longer time in wood than the regular Redoma Branco, but that doesn’t make it any better. For some, it may be a demerit. The style issue here is far more important than any qualitative issue. The new wood does impart a touch of vanilla here, but the extra wood also gives this velvety texture. There’s a longer finish as well. At the moment, I like the regular Redoma as much, maybe more. It is true that extended cellaring may change that answer, and this may do better in the cellar. It still has to prove that, and are you willing to wait several years? In that case, somewhere around 2030, you may well be rewarded handsomely. Meanwhile, this is nearly twice the price. Drink: 2021-2043. 92 points

    This is a fascinating collection on a number of grounds. The wines, as always, are interesting in their own right. But looking up and down the list, one thing I noticed was that price is not always the key determinant in the Niepoort collection. You can drink well for modest money. Of course, there are also wines from regions where price points tend to be lower, like the Conciso, but you can do well at the lower and mid-level here even in Douro, like the Bioma, Vertente and the regular Redoma Branco. In his Bairrada output, separately listed, the 2017 Quinta de Baixo (Niepoort) Poeirinho is hardly cheap, but it is awfully impressive at a list price of $40.

    Of course, greatness beckons with some of the upper-level, like that Turris, which has a lot of unrealized potential. And that’s not going to be cheap.”

    Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (07/21)

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  • Niepoort Redoma Tinto 2014

    £39.99

    “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)

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  • Niepoort Robustus 2013

    £79.99

    “The 2013 Robustus is a field blend with unusual vinification (as always for this brand). It was aged for 45 months in old, 2,000-liter wooden vats and comes in at just 12.7% alcohol. This may be Niepoort’s blockbuster this issue, but in Niepoort’s style, that mostly means freshness, acidity and tannins, not big, sweet fruit and jammy ripeness. Intense and focused, this very precise Robustus is a powerhouse with a crisp, steely edge and intensity of everything. This is a Robustus that seems to be on its way to spectacular. When this is released (October 2017), it is going to need some patience. It should hold several decades thereafter. There will be no rush. This was not bottled when seen, but it was a tank sample, out of barrel and the final blend. Drink: 2020-2048. 94-96 points

    Part of this new issue is assessing the new 2016 Branco vintage. In terms of whites, Niepoort said he was not sure which he preferred, leaning to the 2016s, but he preferred 2015 in both reds and ports. (Granting that everyone’s terroir is different and different picking decisions may color views, too, I lean to the 2015s overall.) Although many of these were not yet bottled, it looks to me like 2015 is one of Niepoort’s best vintages in Tintos. The Ports weren’t too shabby, either—those are separately reviewed this issue. They are among the stars of the vintage.

    This issue also includes wines from many of Niepoort’s terroirs—he is rapidly spreading through Portugal and popping up everywhere. To my mind, his Bairrada project just might be the best segment of his table wines these days (separately listed as Quinta de Baixo), assuming you like that low-alcohol, tannic and crisp style (nothing fat and sweet there). Increasingly, incidentally, Niepoort is releasing the wines a year later and holding them a bit longer in tank or bottle to make the wines more age-worthy and a little more austere, essentially calming the fruit.”

    Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (232)

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  • Wine & Soul Pintas 2019

    £89.99

    “The 2019 Pintas is a field blend (over 40 grapes, but the dominant grapes are Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Nacional) from old vines (around 90 years) aged for 20 months in 20% new French oak. It comes in at 14.5% alcohol. What can you say about Pintas in all its glory? Big and expressive fruit is the first thing you’ll take note of. Yet the second thing changes the opinion on and character of this wine. It’s not even close to a fruit bomb. Its structure controls it, making it fresh, precise and lively, never jammy and ponderous. Then, it shows off some serious power. The winery’s style generally eschews astringency (except at times on the Port), but there’s certainly a fair bit of power on that finish. This is built to age and develop. It’s delicious but not one-dimensional. It isn’t even close to showing everything it has just now. While not completely unapproachable, it will show a lot better in a few years. It may not hit peak for 10. There were 5,900 bottles produced, plus some other size formats. Drink: 2023-2043. 97 points”

    Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (258)

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  • Wine & Soul Quinta da Manoella Vinhas Velhas 2015

    £61.95

    “The 2015 Quinta da Manoella Vinhas Velhas (the “old vines” are centenary vines) is a field blend aged for 20 months in 30% new French oak. It comes in at 14% alcohol. This was not quite bottled when I first saw it, but it is now in the USA and in bottle. Adding a layer of depth that the regular Manoella needed, this also shows far more power (and far more everything, in fact). The mid-palate finesse is exceptional, making you think of a refined and very sophisticated wine, more Bairrada or Burgundy than the richer Pintas style. It can seem a bit wimpy at first next to Pintas—but this is a different style. It doesn’t fade. It isn’t even close to jammy. Chock-full of flavor, very bright and fresh, and very intense on the finish, the only question here is whether the mid-palate can keep up with the structure for the long haul. I think it can. Let’s start here and see where this goes in time. It does have a few questions left to answer. Drink: 2020-2038. 94 points.”

    Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (237)

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  • Casa Ferreirinha Tinta Francisca 2014

    £69.99

    Review to follow

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