Thursday, April 19, 2012

Osél RUCHÈ di Castagnole Monferrato (Piemonte, Italy)

Yet another Ruchè!  I hadn't seen one in decades and now in a period of two months I see two different ones in Arlington. Go figure.  This one has lots of flavor, but is in a very modern, fruity style.  It's good, but I like the character of the more traditional style better. 

It's got a very bright ruby color.  Loads of red and black fruits (mostly plums and dark cherry) in the nose, with a very subtle stony note.  Mouthfilling fruit, but in a very soft and open style.  Texturally it's like a new-styled Beaujolais/Cotes du Rhone cross.  It seems like it would take a slight chill nicely and serve as a great hot weather cook-out red.  But drink it before 2012 is up.  B-.  Imported by Siema Wines of Springfield, VA, it was $9 at Whole Foods in Clarendon.

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