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    173
  • Producer ranking ?

    35
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    from 2020
  • Food Pairing

    Spicy food, pepper steak, red meat & wild

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Redoma is like the Douro, with character and strong personality: a wine with great structure, fine tannins and huge persistence. Redoma is produced from several vineyards located in Cima Corgo Region. These are over 60 year old vineyards mainly north facing where we can find a typical field blend of Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela and Tinto Cão. At Niepoort we feel Redoma is the perfect Douro ambassador.

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The 2015 Redoma is a field blend from old vines (70 years) aged for 20 months in old wooden vats (5,000 to 12,000 liters). It comes in at just 13% alcohol. This is a potentially great Redoma, showing fine fruit, freshness and perfect balance. The finish, which has a little tension, is very tasty and makes this wine seem gloriously alive. In its slightly understated way, it seems to be the best since the 2011. We'll see how the two do as they age. The freshness will preserve this well, even though it is on the lighter side, and it will acquire more complexity as it goes along. This may age better than expected, but let's start here for the moment. This will be approachable young, but that will not be its highest and best use.

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.

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Origin

Porto, Douro

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