Azulera de Raul Riba D'Ave Reserve Red 2016

25,50 €

Deep centre with a halo of bluish/purple hue. On the nose offers exuberance of black fruits with hints of vanilla and spice. In the mouth, it is dry, full-bodied, powerful in black fruit and vibrant in acidity, which makes it very drinkable. The tannin, although present, is quite tame due to the long ageing. The flavours are released in successive layers, with the presence of discreet wood making the whole very appealing. Long and spicy finish.

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Producer Producer & Winemaker: Raul A. Riba D’Ave
Region Douro DOC
Grapes Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Sousão and Tinto Cão
Soil Vineyard located in Muxagata with schist soils.
Winemaking After manual harvest, the grapes were destemmed and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel for 18 days. It was then transferred to new and used French oak barrels where the malolactic fermentation took place.
Aging 24 months in French oak barrels, 6 months in stainless steel vats and 27 months in bottle.
Capacity 750ml
Volume Alcohol by Volume: 14%
Temperature 16ºC - 18ºC
Harmonizations Roast beef, grilled meats and baked codfish.

This is Raul Riba D'Ave's third wine in the Douro. This first edition results from wines from Muxagata, although the location is never as important as the raw material, the grapes. In fact, a number of traditional Douro grape varieties have a deep "blue" tone, which lasts throughout the wine's youth. In this case, even at a few years old, this wine still shows that tinge when you look at the halo of the glass. This is something quite unusual in most of the world's red grape varieties, but very characteristic of some Douro varieties, which are powerful in anthocyanins and polyphenols. Such elements are reflected not only in the depth of colour of this wine but also in the depth of its aroma and flavour.

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Mário C. published the 10/01/2022 following an order made on 05/01/2022



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