La Miraja La Ribota Ruche Chinato

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Winemaker: Eugenio Gatti

Appellation: Piedmont, Italy

Grape Varieties: Ruché

“La Ribotà” translates as spontaneous gathering. The only fortified wine of its kind produced from the red grape variety Ruché, this digestivo is labeled as Vino Aromatizzato Alla China because it does not follow the same dictates as Chinato from Barolo, where it was first developed by a pharmacist in the 1800s.
Vineyard: Estate fruit from vineyards situated at 250 meters above sea level. 40% of this fruit comes from Majole, a legendary, high-density vineyard planted to Ruché in 1975 with southwest exposure; meanwhile, the remaining 60% comes from Santa Eufemia, another high-density parcel planted in 1992 with eastern exposure. Calcareous-red clay soils. 5,000 vines per hectare trained in the guyot style. Only 70 quintals per hectare harvested.

This secret elixir is a blend of the winery’s DOCG-level Ruché wine with herbs, spices, and botanicals. The essential ingredient is china (pronounced “kee-nah”), derived from the cinchona tree native to Southeast Asia whose bark produces quinine. Additional ingredients include but are not limited to wormwood, cardamom seed, cinnamon, and orange peel, all of which are left to macerate in a base of neutral grain spirits and then blended with Ruché. The finished product rests for 30 days before being racked to a stainless-steel tank, where it rests for another 3 months followed by a minimum of 3 months in bottle prior to release.

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.