Rabelo

Rabelo

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Country of Origin: Portugal
Location: Douro
People: Campania de Vinos del Atlantico & Lavradores de Feitoria, Owners & Winemakers

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Rabelo 2014 'Mosteiro' Tinto, Douro DOC Login WA 91 In Stock
Rabelo 2014 'Roman' Tinto, Douro DOC Login WA 90 In Stock

In 1756, a royal Portuguese charter for the Douro Wine Company defined the wine production areas of the Douro Valley, effectively establishing the world’s first regional appellation, or government regulated growing area. Long known as the epicenter of Port wine production, the Douro has in recent years established itself as a serious table wine appellation in its own right. With 45,000 hectares of terraced vineyards providing a breathtaking landscape, the Douro is now among the most exciting wine growing regions in the world.

Rabelo is a project that unifies 20 different tiny, independent wineries in the Douro Valley as an exposition of the breadth of this terroir. In partnership with Lavradores de Feitoria (Growers’ Assocation), and using only indigenous varietals, Rabelo’s reds evoke the sun-ripened fruit and lush textures of the Douro. Spanning the different growing areas, the wines of Rabelo are able to offer highlights from each sub-zone of the appellation: freshness from Baixu Corgo, richness from Douro Superior, and minerality from Cimu Corgo.

Reviews

  • Rabelo 2014 'Roman' Tinto, Douro DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (11/22/2015)

    The 2014 Cuvee Roman Tinto, aged four to six months in French oak, shows notes of roasted coffee, chocolate, black raspberry and blueberry, in a full-bodied, textured, impressive style. The tannins are supple, the wine an opaque purple, full-bodied and certainly capable of being drunk now or cellared for another 5-7 years.
  • Rabelo 2014 'Mosteiro' Tinto, Douro DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 91 (11/22/2015)

    The 2014 Cuvee Mosteiro Tinto, aged ten months in French oak, is a similar blend to the 2014 Roman Tinto, but with slightly more Touriga Nacional and the addition of Tinto Cao. The soils in the Mosteiro are shale as opposed to slate-dominated soils of the Cuvee Roman. This is a slightly more elegant style of wine, opaque purple in color, with blueberry and raspberry fruit notes, spring flowers, medium to full-bodied texture, and beautiful purity and length. Drink now through 2019.