What am I: Tiago Sampaio is a brilliant young winemaker who is making some of the most exciting and affordable natural wines in Portugal. His project, named Folias do Baco, works with old vineyards in the Alto-Douro that has been in his family for many years. Tiago is also a PhD level viticulturist and enologist obsessed with the health and vitality of his vineyards. This focus shines through every wine that he makes and reflects his overall philosophy on winemaking. The grapes are grown using organic viticulture, and the plots are situated between 500-700 meters above sea level. Many of the vines are over 80 years old, but Tiago also has new plantings of both traditional Portuguese wine varietals common to the region and newer grapes such as Pinot Noir.
Tiago Sampaio Uivo Rabigato comes from a parcel of vines with over 20 years of age. The wine is spontaneously fermented in stainless-steel over a slow, cool temperature over a period of 7-weeks. The wine is then allowed to settle in stainless steel tank for four months before bottling. Neither fined nor filtered, the wine is a very pure reference of the grape: citrus fruit, bracing acidity, some minerality, and total freshness in the finish. It is an ideal Summer quencher, or you can match it with fish, shellfish, salads and other lighter fare.
Region, Sub-region and/or DOC: Douro
Grape Varieties: Rabigato
Alcohol by volume: 11.5%