2013 Montalbera, Ruche di Castagnole Monferrato, La Tradizione

Press and Tasting Notes

[94 pts Luca Maroni] Ruche by Montalbera is a wonderfully refreshing, bright Piedmont red that has loads of juicy cherry fruit and hints of spice. Amazingly reminiscent of Pinot Noir, it boasts strawberry, cherry and pomegranate flavors with aromas of rose petals. Subtle spice brightens the succulent palate. While it has the weight, flavors and ar ... Read More »

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Featured March 29, 2015

THE REVIEW

Monferrato's 94 point Ruche is an outstanding Italian red and an amazing value. Ruché, a Piedmont grape, is often compared to Nebbiolo, the region's noble grape.
     While Ruche (one of the smallest production reds in Italy) has subtle similarities to Nebbiolo, it is more reminiscent of a Premier Cru Volnay from Burgundy than a massive Barolo.
    This refreshing red is "all there" despite its nimble profile. Not an extracted wine, it shows the variety's best attributes. A combination of spice, earth and pronounced red cherry bouquet are strikingly Burgundian. While light on its feet, it remains heavy in flavor.
    Loads of juicy cherry fruit and hints of spice abound. Amazingly reminiscent of Pinot Noir, it boasts strawberry, cherry and pomegranate flavors with aromas of rose petals. Subtle spice brightens the succulent palate. And while it may have the weight, flavor and aromas of Pinot Noir, it is uniquely Italian. It’s absolutely delicious!
    A wine to be enjoyed over the next few years, this luscious Ruche can and should be paired with roasted chicken, pan seared salmon or your favorite cut of meat on the grill. If you have a favorite recipe of wild mushroom with fresh pappardelle, make sure this is on the table!Read More »

Region

Piedmont

In northern Italy, Piedmont is home to a number of grape varietals.  Among them is the "noble grape" Nebbiolo.  Grown in several sub-regions, the most popular Nebbiolos hail from Barolo, Barbaresco, Langhe, Gattinara and ... Read More »

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