Niepoort Diálogo Branco Douro 2016
- Rated 4 stars
- Reviewed by: Treve Ring
- Published on: May 11, 2018
- Last modified: May 11, 2018
This youthful white may feature a comic on the label, but make no mistake, this is a serious wine from one of the world's top winemakers, Dirk Niepoort. From schistous, mica-flecked vineyards on the right bank of the Douro, between 550-700 m, this blend of indigenous Portuguese white grapes is native fermented in a split between stainless and older French barriques (30%), no MLF, where it remains for 8 months. In 2016, the blend is 20-50 year old Rabigato, Códega do Larinho, Gouveio, Dona Branca, Viosinho, Bical and others. Tight, mineral-laced green fig, lemon thistle, meadow herbs and fine salts over a creamy bed of lees, all youthful and highly quaffable. This line of Fabulous Wines (Branco and Tinto) are sold worldwide, the scale of which makes this wine even more impressive — especially considering the price.