2017 Montalbera 'La Tradizione' Ruche di Castagnole Monferrato, Piemonte, Italy (750 ml)

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While Ruchè (pronounced Roo Kay) shares similar qualities to other aromatic varieties like Lacrima di Morro d'Alba, it is its own distinctive grape that produces a particular wine in this zone of Asti which was elevated from a D.O.C. in 1987 to D.O.C.G. in 2010 as Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato. The 2015 'La Tradizione' bottling was awarded a Tre Bicchieri ranking for 2017 from the Italian wine publication, Gambero Rosso which is its highest award designation. It was stainless steel fermented and did not come in contact with any oak barrels before bottling so only the pretty, floral, perfumed aromas of fresh red roses and violets come through with a subtle, delicate, warm spice element. Fruit on the medium-bodied palate is lush and dark berry-oriented with secondary notes of apricot and orange rind. The finish is truly silky yet also concludes with surprising backbone and structure making for a very elegant, and as our owner, Peter Granoff, M.S., says "graceful" wine.

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