This is Niepoort's -- for lack of a better term -- "entry level" Douro red. Dirk Niepoort's father, Rolf, describes this wine by saying "The more you drink it, the better it gets." And that's actually true, but not perhaps for the reasons you think . . .
This wine is a blend of Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Barroca, from various vineyards all varying in age from 10-40 years. After being fermented in stainless steel, 20 percent of the wine was racked into French oak casks. The wine underwent malolactic and was bottled after 12 months.
The first impression of this wine is of young red fruits, but that is deceptively simple. As the wine opens in the glass, it gains weight, showing spicy accents, minerality, and some depth. On the palate, the wine is still quite youthful, has a silky entry, but that surrounds a firm core of fine tannins, acidity, mineral notes and earth; the wine has the structure and character for additional aging, and indeed, would benefit from that; it is medium-bodied, flavorful, and has a firm, dry finish. An excellent value with a suggested retail of $16.50, this wine will benefit from another 2-4 years of bottle age.