Late Bottled Vintage, 375 ML
HALF BOTTLE “LBV Port” for short. “2nd label” vintage Port, if you will (good grapes…not AS good as vintage Port…and much less pricey). 2011: GREAT vintage for Port. Aged 4 years in big barrels. Less sweet on the Port scale. Blueberries and black raspberries. Black and white pepper. Rosemary, anise & thyme notes.
This is perhaps the most iconic of our Ports. Dirk Niepoort calls it the "younger brother" of the Vintage Port, once the origin of the grapes and vinification methods are identical. Both are made from a selection of full-bodied wines of high quality, produced in a single year. The time this wine spends in large wooden vats ageing (4 years) allows it to mature and settle down, being ready to drink young and right after bottling.
The grapes used to produce LBV 2009 come from low production vineyards in the Cima Corgo region of Douro Valley. They are foot trodden in granite "lagares" and then the wine is aged in large wooden vats, in the cellars at Vila Nova de Gaia. It is Niepoort's tradition to begin bottling LBV four years after harvesting to maintain the freshness and fruitiness which are characteristic of these wines.
A pretty, deep ruby/violet colour, it has a complex aroma where red fruit notes are predominant, reminiscent of cherries and spices, with a peppery touch. A hint of dark chocolate. On the palate, it is greatly concentrated and full-bodied with firm tannins which at the same time are elegant and smooth. The great acidity provides freshness and balance to the wine. The finish is long and pleasant.