A wine that was accurately described as “bold” by the tasters with me that evening.

This wine is fruitier than some other red wines from Piedmont – even other Ruchè wines– with more wood notes appearing as baking spices and vanilla, within the overall hearty wine. It has a big mouthfeel, almost dense on the palate. Slight amounts of caramelize fruits. Fairly high in alcohol (15%) that is nevertheless balanced nicely with acidity and tannin. Pair with tagliatelle, meat-stuffed ravioli, and meatloaf, using butter and olive oil, not tomato sauces.

90 — BSE

WHO: Luca Ferraris

WHAT: 100% ruchè

WHERE: Castagnole Monferrato, Asti, Piedmont, Italy

HOW MUCH: $18-22 (media sample)



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Becky Sue Epstein

An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, Becky Sue's work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, www.wine-pages.com and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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