Niepoort 'Twisted Tinto' Douro, Portugal 2019

Niepoort 'Twisted Tinto' Douro, Portugal 2019

Regular price $22.00
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Portuguese wines have been more prevalent for us in the States these last couple of decades, with the reds in particular holding a particular place as full-bodied blends at great values. The Niepoort wines, crafted by 5th generation winemaker Dirk Niepoort, follow suit while also setting themselves apart. Having inherited his family's Port operation in the '90s, he began a lifelong project to harness the Douro's heat and river microclimates to make dry reds with more precision and drinkability than the ripe fortified style the area had become known for. 20 years later these wines can stand alongside wines from all over the world for their complexity and nuance.

This blend of organically grown indigenous varietals (lots of Tourigas and Tintas) is divided and aged in both oak and steel. The resulting harmonious palate is lush with dark fruits and a touch of balsamic. A lingering minerality gives way to smooth tannins for a gentle finish. 

Food Ideas: red bean chilli, center cut ribs w/Vietnamese spiced caramel sauce, braised eggplant, meatball calzone