Grapelive Latest: March 18

Grapelive Daily Pick

By Kerry Winslow

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niepoortcharme07.gif2007 Niepoort Charme Tinto, Douro, Portugal. (Red Wine)
I must admit, I have always wondered if Portugal could produce world class still wines and if they would, well, I am humbled at my thoughts now, after tasting the line up of both red and white still wines from Dirk Niepoort and his famous Porto winery Niepoort. I was blown away, the freshness and textures were amazing, and I am a huge fan of the Niepoort Port wines all ready, so this came as a much bigger surprise than I could have imagined. I love almost every wine in the line up and they all showed their own character, but it was this wine the 2007 Niepoort Charme, Douro Red that really caught my attention, as it was as pure and elegant as Grand Cru Burgundy, it is a wine of subtle beauty and silky textures, while also being full of flavors and vibrant life with a nose of wild flowers, red fruits and smoky sweet spices before a palate of pretty layers of red fruits, cherry, raspberry, plums and currant with a background of mineral, mountain herbs, mocha and nice French oak spice and vanilla. This wine will impress anyone, it certainly left a mark on me and hope to enjoy it again soon, just wish the price wasn’t so Burgundy like! ($105 Est.) 94-95 Points, grapelive

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