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 sources fruit from 2 different, independent Quintas in the Cima Corgo subregion: Quinta da Gavida ( Altitude 250-400 meters height) and Quinta da Costadas Aguadeiras (27 hectares, 100-300 meters height). Compañia de Vinos del Atlantico in partnership with the Lavradores Feitoria (Growers’ Association), and using only indigenous varietals, crafted this Rabelo Mosteiro Tinto evoking the sun-ripened fruit and lush textures of the Douro.
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE? Rabelo Mosteiro is a hand-selected blend of the best fruit from 2 different estates, at different altitudes providing an exposition of the depth and complexity for which the Douro has become famous. It combines freshness with power and richness.
RATING HISTORY: 2014 91RP
GRAPE: 40% Touriga Nacional, 20% Touriga Franca, 25% Tinta Roriz, 15% Tinto Cao. Vines planted from 1955-1985. Tended in schist soil from 200-400 m (656 - 1,312 ft) elevation
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Rabelo Cuvee Mosteiro’s rich fruit pairs well with grilled meat, charcuterie, and braises.
VINIFICATION AND AGEING: 50% is fermented in stainless steel, 50% in temperature controlled stone lagar. Aged 50/50 in stainless steel and used French oak for 10 months.
PRODUCTION: 4,166 cases
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE: Rabelo’s holdings span the length of the Douro Valley. Vines planted 1955 - 1985 to schist with varying altitude due to the different estates from which they are sourced. The climate is continental, with significant diurnal-nocturnal temperature differences – as much as 35 degrees during the growing season. Rainfall averages 600 mm/yr. Temperature April-October is 67.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
TASTING NOTES: Opaque blue-purple. On the nose, spicy, vanilla-inflected notes intermix with generous, powerful blueberry, plum and blackberry fruit. On the palate, rich and well-integrated flavors of blue and black fruit lead to a spicy, mineral finish. Long and persistent.