The 1997 Niepoort Vintage Porto has a sweet, fruity nose with hints of licorice, complemented by ripe, spicy blackberry and prune flavors. It has developed more savory notes with age.
Appellation: Douro DOC
95 Points - Wine Spectator
"Lots of range here, featuring flavors of red currant preserves and cherries jubilee, with hints of toffee and toasted sesame. The silky, racy structure is fully absorbed. This shows a high-pitched, perfumy note that runs through the finish. Distinctive and hard not to dig into now, but the precision should carry this for a while longer.--1997 Vintage Port retrospective (January 2017). Best from 2019 through 2035. 4,000 cases made." -JM, 2017
90 Points - Vinous
"Saturated dark ruby. Superripe aromas of cassis, baking chocolate, flowers and walnut skin; hints at a more evolved tawny port aspect. Supersweet and velvety in the mouth; very concentrated, with ripeness just short of raisiny. Possesses decent acidity but could use a bit more verve. This lush, harmonious wine is deceptively approachable today; does it have the backbone for extended development in bottle?" -ST, May/2000