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Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato DOCG ‘Na Vota

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Tasting Notes

‘Na Vota is elegant red in color. Aromas of violet, hay, and vanilla appear on the nose and follow through to the palate. It is complex and well-structured with a long aromatic finish. Ruche’ will pair well with hearty dishes such as braised lamb, game, mushroom risottoand also spicy dishes.

In Piedmontese dialect, the expression “ ‘Na vota” has a double meaning: it is the beginning of many fairy tales such as “c’era una volta” (once upon a time); and also it can be interpreted as a challenge.

 

ABOUT THE GRAPE VARIETY

Ruchè is a variety of Piedmont that has risen from virtual obscurity as a little-known, dark-skinned variety to having its own appellation, Ruche’ di Castagnole Monferrato, elevated to DOCG status in 2011. Its origins are disputed, with some claiming Ruchè as indigenous to the region, while others claim it has Burgundian roots. Destined for family consumption in the past, it was the wine of ‘important occasions’, offered to the nearest and dearest, always associated with life’s beautiful moments.

Ruchè wines can be characterized by their lightness in color and complex aromas – somewhat akin to the lauded Nebbiolo of the region. The similarities continue with Ruchè having fine but forceful tannins and good acidity to stimulate the palate.

At the turn of the century, there were just 125 acres (50ha) of Ruchè planted, making it one of the most exclusive wines made under any Italian wine title, DOC or DOCG. Its elevation in status has signaled the resurgence in popularity for this vine. 2013  figures show up to 123 hectares cultivated to Ruche’ with over 600,000 bottles produced by a little over 20 producers.

Winery

Cantine Sant’Agata

Region

Piemonte

Varietal

100% Ruché grapes

Location of Vineyards

Scurzolengo

Orientation

South-southeast

Altitude

220–300 meters above sea level

Type of Planting

Sustainable

Soil

Calcareous clay

Type of Cultivation

Guyot

Vinification

Traditional (submerged cap)

Aging

Vinification in stainless steel for approximately 6 months, and then the wine is bottled.

Alcohol Content

13.5%

Total Production

30,000 bottles

Oenologist

Claudio Cavallero