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.


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?


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.