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La Miraja, Ruche Di Castagnole Monferrato Riserva 2019
Italy / Red

La Miraja, Ruche Di Castagnole Monferrato Riserva 2019

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Fruit

Earth

Acid

Body

Tannins

Notes from The Piedmont Guy:

"Castagnole Monferrato holds the illustrious honor of being the birthplace of Ruché. This grape is a unique red variety found primarily in the rolling hills northwest of the town of Asti, where only seven villages hold the distinction of producing wines under the DOCG. Ampelographers have discovered that Ruché is, in fact, the genetic offspring of the red grape Croatina and the now extinct white grape Malvasia Aromatica di Parma, also known as Malvasia Odorosissima and often compared to Moscato Bianco."

 Flor impressions:

A fascinating nose that is equal parts intense and complex. Deeply herbal, with woody anise, dried oregano and bay leaf. Cola and cinnamon spice add further intrigue. It's incredible that one grape variety can give this wide of a range of aromas. On the palate, bitter dried herbs mingle with black cherry. Slightly rustic, medium tannins are well balanced by its rounded texture and mild acidity.

-GG, tasted 3/13/24

Country
Italy
Sub-Region
Ruche Di Castagnole Monferrate
Region
Piemonte
Varieties
Ruche
Farming
Sustainable
Soil
Calcareous red clay
Winemaking
Hand-harvested fruit is destemmed and then crushed by basket press into stainless-steel tanks, where it remains in contact with the skins for 10 days while native fermentation occurs. Following spontaneous malolactic fermentation, the wine rests in cement vessels and then is aged an additional 4 months in bottle prior to release.