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La Miraja

La Miraja Ruche di Castagnole Monferatto 2021


no added sulfur

Country: Italy

Region: Piedmonte

Type: Red Wine

Grape: Ruché

Castagnole Monferrato is 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. Ruché is the genetic offspring of the red grape Croatina and the now extinct white grape Malvasia Aromatica di Parma, AKA Malvasia Odorosissima (often compared to Moscato Bianco).

Estate fruit from vineyards situated at 250 meters above sea level. Calcareous-red clay soils. 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 for 3 months and then an additional 4 months in bottle prior to release.

Aromas of violet, rose, iris, jasmine, cardamom, white pepper, and lychee. On the palate, fresh wild berries, red cherry, and pomegranate. Perfectly ripened fruit, robust acidity, and moderate tannins.