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1998 Niepoort Colheita Port, Portugal

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Price Range of 750ml bottle, ex-tax in USD
Average: $59   From: $50   To: $72

Search Rank 1066 What is search rank?
Over all vintages, this was the 1066th most popular wine on Wine-Searcher last year. Search rank last month: 1509th

Score: 91. When to drink: 2008 to 2015
The Wine-Searcher score of 91/100 is calculated from the following wine critic scores:
Critic Score When to drink
93/100    
93/100    
92/100    
17.5/20    
17/20    
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Price History for 1998 Niepoort Colheita Port, Portugal
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Grape Variety: Port Blend Red

Red Port is blended together using a number of grape varieties. The precise identity of these, and the proportion each represents in the final blend, may not be known even to the winemaker. For some growers in the Douro region of Portugal, the ambiguity over what is in their fortified wines is not an attempt to protect some proprietary secret, but rather a matter of reality: they simply don’t know for sure what they have growing in their vineyards.

Because Portugal's wine industry has adopted regulation and legally enforced controls in the past few decades, tradition still has a strong influence on how wines are made and vineyards are managed. Tradition, here, means co-planted varieties and field blends (wines made from whatever combination of varieties happens to occur in the source vineyard). So, while the ... more


Region Hierarchy
  • Colheita Port wine region

    Colheita Port is, in effect, a single vintage Tawny Port. It is similar to Tawny Port in appearance and flavor because, like good quality Tawny, it is aged in wood for at least seven years. The key difference, however is that it is the product of a single vintage.

    The word colheita is Portuguese for ‘harvest’ or 'vintage', but Colheita port is stylistically quite different from Vintage Port, which is typically more robust, and is barrel-aged for no more than a few years. Colheita port, although legally required to spend seven years in barrel, often spends as much as 20 years. During this time the wine undergoes oxidative ageing, making it closer in style t ... more

  • Oporto wine region

    Oporto (Porto), Portugal’s second-largest city, is the spiritual home of Port wine. Located in northern Portugal, Oporto marks the point at which the Duoro river flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Oporto has been of great historical importance to the European wine trade since the Anglo-Franco trade wars of the 17th century. During that time the London market developed a taste for the dark, 'blackstrap' wines that were shipped out of the city. The old Oporto city center is a ... more

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