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Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato DOCG – “in Ruché, there is this bitter note that I find also in Black Tamjanika: something I associate with wild fruits like those of rowan or elder.”

There is a local saying that “if someone in Castagnole Monferrato offers to you a Ruché, it’s because he cares of you.” A red variety from the Piedmont region, Ruché was afforded Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG), covering some 40 hectares of vines around the villages of Castagnole Monferrato, Refrancore, Grana, Montemagno, Viarigi, Scurzolengo and Portacomaro. One of the lowest production varietal wines in Italy, Ruché – which is believed to be native to the hills to the northeast of Asti – is renowned for its soft tannins, light colour, pronounced bouquet and moderate acidity.

By Mariusz Rybak

Details

  • Name – Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato DOCG
  • Vineyard – Crivelli
  • Website – www.ruchecrivelli.it
  • Variety – Ruché
  • Region – Asti, Piedmont, Italy
  • Vintage – 2011
  • Alcohol – 14.5%

Tasting Notes

  • Already the cork smelled like traditional Polish pralines: dried prunes in chocolate.
  • The opened bottle released a rich aroma of cherries and roses.
  • In Ruché, there is this bitter note that I find also in Black Tamjanika: something I associate with wild fruits like those of rowan or elder.
  • Transparent ruby colour, like a good cherry liquor.
  • Serve with hard Piedmontese cheese, enjoyed with cugnà.

Mariusz Rybak is currently researching Serbian wine culture and the notion of wine as a cultural good. His musings on such topics can be read on his blog, Kawa and Vino.

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