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.