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Rabisco Vinho Tinto Reserva Tejo 2015 Reminds Us of our Time in Portugal

Rabisco Vinho Tinto Reserva Tejo 2015

A year ago, we enjoyed a wonderful wine journey through Portugal. This was our first visit to the country and would love to return. We enjoyed the wines and food from several wine regions. We discovered new grape varieties and learned to make cocktails with port, an experience that helped us make it through the summer. Recently, we tasted a Portuguese wine, Rabisco Vinho Tinto Reserva Tejo 2015 that brought back memories of that wine journey. From the aroma, our first thought was Portugal.

The Wine

The Rabisco Vinho Tinto Reserva Tejo 2015, that we received as a sample from Winesellers, Ltd., had an opaque dark ruby to black color with a dark red hue. This equal blend of Touriga Nacional and Cabernet Sauvignon was 13.5% alcohol. The aroma reminded us of Portugal with dark fruits and baking spices. Blackberries and blueberries were predominant on the taste along with spices and a touch of leather. The mouthfeel was smooth and the wine had a full body with medium tannins.

The wine bottle’s label has a sketch of a stork. This is very appropriate since, in Portuguese, “rabisco” means “sketch.” The winery, Quinta Sao Joao Batista is located in a natural reserve and animal sanctuary. Many birds pass through the sanctuary and storks will overwinter in the area. Quinta Sao Joao Batista has 76 hectares (188 acres) of vineyards comprised of native Portuguese grapes and international varieties.

The suggested retail price for the wine is $13. It pairs well with roasts and Mediterranean cuisine.

To learn about our wine journey through Portugal, visit our Portugal site.


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