Rabelo Cuvee Roman, referring to the long history of Roman influence in the Douro, is a handselected blend meant to give a picture of the archetypal Douro red. Using only indigenous varietals, the Roman showcases the best of every Douro subzone.
55% Tinta Roriz, 25% Touriga Franca, 20% Touriga Naçional. Vines planted in 1985-1990. Tended in schist soil at 200 m - 400 m (656 - 1,312 ft) elevation
Rabelo Cuvee Roman shows a freshness that pairs equally well with grilled or roasted meat as with roasted poultry and sharp cheeses.
Fermented entirely in stainless steel. Aged 50/50 in stainless steel and used French oak for 10 months.
Rabelo’s holdings span the length of the Douro Valley. Vines planted 1960-1985 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 600mm/yr. Temperature April-October is 67.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
Ruby-garnet. Clean, pure fruit dominates the nose, with black raspberry, plum, and cassis leaping from the glass. On the palate, fresh and fruit forward, with lingering spice and minerality, balanced acidity and soft, well integrated tannin providing structure.