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La Miraja Ruche di Castagnole Monferrato
Winemaker: Eugenio Gatti
Appellation: Piedmont, Italy
Grape Varieties: Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato
Production of Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato is extremely limited, and only recently has this wine become available outside its production area.
Planted in 1972, Maioli—one of the Gatti family’s holdings—is the oldest vineyard of Ruché in existence.
Soft tannins balanced by moderate acidity. Black pepper and floral notes on the nose.
Wild berries on the palate
The singular wines of La Miraja have heretofore been impossible to find in the United States. The estate is nestled within the original castle of Castagnole Monferrato, constructed in the 11th century and retrofitted to serve as a cellar in the 1400s. In this armory-turned-cellar, Eugenio Gatti turns out Barbera d’Asti, Grignolino, and his fabled Ruché. A seventh-generation viticulturist, Eugenio personally tends to the oldest vineyard of Ruché in Castagnole Monferrato, the original birthplace of Ruché. It is here that Eugenio Gatti devotes his life’s work to producing 840 transcendent cases of wine each year.