Friday, February 03, 2012

The First Virginia Post: 2009 Crivelli RUCHÉ DI CASTAGNOLE MONFERRATO (Piemonte, Italy)

Well, I finally have a computer and an Internet connection here, so I guess it's time for my first post.  And this wine is unique and very good.  Ruché (or Ruchet) is a varietal indigenous to Piemonte, but there are not many who grow it.  I haven't seen one since I lived in NYC in the mid-80s (from Giuseppe Scarpa), so it was a treat to see it in Arlington (and at a reasonable price).  Loads of unique fragrance, a smooth texture, and a light, refreshing feel in the mouth characterize this very food flexible wine.

Light, vivid ruby color.  The fragrance is ridiculous, bright, licorice-inflected dark plum candy fruit and a vivid cracked stone note.  Smooth, loaded with ripe, clingy fruit, but with good acidity and medium weight.  Gorgeously rich, but not heavy, plummy fruit. Not a wine to age, enjoy this over the next 12-18 months with pastas, pizza, Chinese take out, or, like I did, with take out from Crisp and Juicy, my favorite South American cheap roast chicken joint (in Arlington).  B+.  Was $15.99 at Arrowine (which is on the same block as Crisp and Juicy).  Imported by Michael R. Downey Selections of Lorton, VA.

2 comments:

UGA Wino said...

Wow. Never even heard of this grape. Sounds delicious and affordable.

What do you think of the Virginia/DC selection so far? Better than Houston? What about prices?

Bill

Tom Casagrande said...

I can't yet draw any conclusion on what's available here. I only got my first paycheck deposited this weekend, so I've been drinking stuff I brought with me. I love Arrowine. I have been visiting Arlington for years and always stop in. It's a great shop. They always have loads of interesting, reasonable priced wines (like this Ruche). I'm going to do a bleg next to any area readers that drop by and ask for suggestions about what other area stores I should check out.