Raboso is a red wine grape grown primarily in Eastern part of Veneto. It is often called Raboso Piave, from the name of the river where it has found a eletive zone of production. It produces deep-colored wine, with notably high levels of tannin no high alcohol content but above all it always gives very high acid contents. The name, raboxo in the native Venetian language, means angry, because angry is the sensation in the mouth when this wine is drunk young. Raboso was in the past the most cultivated grape varieties in Eastern of Veneto, it was the perfect wine for the Venetian navigators around the world, indeed they called it vin de viajo wine of travel, because it was the most resistant to aging and transport. It's popularity decreased in the 20th century, and today the vineyards of Raboxo are just 1-2% of the total amount of vineyards in Veneto.
The vine ripens extremely late, producing good yields with high resistance to fungal disease and rot. The grape crossed with another Veneto wine grape, Marzemina bianca, to produce Raboso Veronese. It produces quite a large, tight, cylindrical bunch with one or two wings and a sturdy bunchstem. Its spheroid grape has a blue-black, very tough skin with good bloom. The flesh has a varietal, neutral flavour which is slightly meaty and sweet-acidulous-astringent. Each grape has two or three average-sized, pear-shaped seeds. This vigorous vine can produces an abundant yield. Optimal vinification requires appropriate maceration of juice and skins: this results in a full-bodied wine, acidic and tannic when young, ideal for laying down. Left to age in wooden barrels, it will gradually acquire a beautiful deep ruby colour with garnet tinges, a wonderfully broad and full bouquet of wild violets with a concentrated note of morello cherry; the palate is dry, attractively astringent, full-flavoured. At full maturity, Raboso Piave is one of the great Venetian reds, probably the best among the traditional wine of Eastern of Veneto. It is excellent with furred and feathered game, red meat, grilled meats and well-matured cheeses. It is also a superb sipping wine, an ideal accompaniment to long winter evenings in the company of friends.
Relationship to other grapes
- J. Robinson Vines, Grapes & Wines pg 210 Mitchell Beazley 1986 ISBN 1-85732-999-6
- J. Robinson, J. Harding and J. Vouillamoz Wine Grapes - A complete guide to 1,368 vine varieties, including their origins and flavours pgs 229-230, 392, 604-605 Allen Lane 2012 ISBN 978-1-846-14446-2
- J. Robinson, J. Harding and J. Vouillamoz Wine Grapes - A complete guide to 1,368 vine varieties, including their origins and flavours pgs 469-471, 594-595 Allen Lane 2012 ISBN 978-1-846-14446-2
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