Grape: Ruchè 100%
Producer’s notes: Rediscovered and appreciated for the high quality of its fragrances, is rightly called "The Prince of Monferrato."
Colour: The colour is ruby red, with pronounced purple shades; when young it has violett reflections, transforming through the time in lively orange reflections. Able to generate Legs, hard to be dissolved.
Aroma: Bouquet is elegant , persistent, intense, complex, lightly aromatic. It is difficult to discern the fabulous perceptions that this wine generates inebriating the nostrils. Meanwhile emerges a pleasant aromatic perception, given by the fusion of ripe cherry and apricot. We can notice a light note of hazelnut, canned fruit, peach, banana, dried fruit, blackberry, wild fruits.
Taste: Elegant, soft ,velvety, medium-full bodied, well balanced. Very good intensity and persistence, pleasant taste, armonic. Relative low acidity, it’s alcohol content and the balanced structure make the Ruchè a wine easy to drink and soft, enriching with a good quantity of glycerine. The dominant feature is the perception of a caressing aftertaste, aromatic nuances composed of velvety notes of apricot and cherry, quince and honey syrup.
General Information: The Ruchè is an autochthonous grapevine which is cultivated in seven small villages around Castagnole in the heart of the Monferrato area. Origin and Histrory are still shrouded in the mistery. We can only make suppositions. One is that the name comes from "rocks" rocks on which it could be grown this variety for its unique characteristics of strength to deal with calcareousclay and severe droughts without damaging the fruit. Another assumption could arise from devotion to "San Rocco" saint who a chapel was dedicated to. The third, historical picturesque, the name goes back to a convent which stood near Castagnole Monferrato and was named "the Convent of the Rocks" and as it was managed form friars, who safeguarded the historical, artistic Roman Empire, may have preserved the vine which later took the name. The features of this noble wine are high and bring the stage for a short time in the range of the greatest wines. Produced in small quantities by each company, matures in late September and there is a tendency to delay harvest to promote alcohol yield and a more balanced acid. Mrs Professor Robinson in her book “Guide to Wine Grapes” says: “Rather obscure Vine of Piedmont ...... as Nebbiolo, a wine with incisive aromas ......it is so rich in tannins to have almost a bitter aftertaste ...”
Harvest Time: Grapes are harvested during the last week of September and its colour kissed by the sun becomes amaranth as oxidized copper, velvety. The leafs’ color (compared with other vines) is brilliant green, but with low intensity and gold reflections, when the fruit is ripen enough. It is warmly suggested not to delay the pick-up of the grapes because their sweetness attracts ravenous bees, wasps and hornets, which in a few days completely empty the grapes. The work during the spring is particularly accurate as the sun burns easily the grapes and we can not allow any neglect or delay in the work on the leaves and soil. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why during last years Ruchè was almost abandoned by farmers: for the hard homework and attention required in the vineyard. Ruchè owns the feature to vary continuously during the tasting process thanks to its peculiar olfactive perception, perhaps due to the extreme balance between its components