Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato, Crivelli
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Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato, Crivelli - 2020

Item # 11706 750mL
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Tasting Notes

Ruchè is a beauty of an indigenous Piedmontese red variety, and Crivelli's is a must-try. An array of aromas to savor: roses, pepper, black cherries, and cinnamon. Lovely fresh acidity and a fine backbone of mineral make this a delicate wine to enjoy any time. Marco Maria Crivelli is one of a small group of farmers who fervently believe in the excellence of Piedmont's "other" grape varieties, indigenous to the province of Asti. His ancestors planted five hectares of vineyards in 1919; these vines grow in mineral-rich sand and tufa soils.

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Staff Pick Notes

This wine spotlights a finicky grape known as Ruché, indigenous to Italy. Marco Crivelli of Castagnole Monferrato, northeast of the village of Asti, is a champion of the grape. He was the former President of the Ruché consortium and worked tirelessly to designate Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato as a DOCG wine. To ensure that the "history" of his cru, il Montiò, is expressed in its purest form, Crivelli has entirely abandoned wooden barrels in favor of stainless-steel tanks. Hailing from light, chalky soils, Crivelli’s Ruché is a kaleidoscope of red flora, black raspberry, black pepper and cinnamon in a rustic, medium-bodied wine that has structured acidity and grainy tannins. The mineral lift behind the wine elevates its flavors to stand up to aged cheeses and cured meats effortlessly.


Astor's Glossary of Terms


The most famous grape in Piedmont is the noble Nebbiolo, which makes the long-lived Barolo and Barbaresco. There are plenty of Nebbiolo-based wines that are quite enjoyable in their youth, however, often produced in smaller, lesser-known regions such as Ghemme or Gattinara. Several other Piedmontese grapes make striking and delicious wines: Pelaverga produces light-colored reds with distinctive...

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