Estate: Founded by Giuseppe Bersano in Nizza Monferrato in 1907, his nephew, Arturo Bersano, took the estate to great heights in the middle of the 20th century. In addition to crafting renowned Barbera, Nebbiolo and Brachetto, he also created “the brotherhood of Bagna Cauda, one of the first associations that protects Piedmontese food and wines”, along with founding a wine museum dedicated to the tools of wine and agriculture.
One of the largest family owned wineries in Piemonte, the properties have been owned by the Massimelli and Soave families for over 30 years. With vineyards in the best terroirs of Piemonte, many are located in UNESCO Heritage sites. The 230 hectares and 10 estates stretch across the Asti and Alba regions of Piemonte.
Winemaking: Grapes are from a 20 hectare vineyard on the San Pietro Realto hill in Castagnole Monferrato [the highest hill in the area] in clay-silt soil. Vinified in stainless steel, followed by 2 months ageing in the bottle.
Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with aromas of raspberry, strawberry, cherry, rose petal and a trace of baking spice. Vivid black cherry, raspberry, blackberry, pomegranate, white pepper and a hint of chocolate are framed by fresh acidity and silky tannins. Dark fruit, along with a nuance of Mediterranean herbs linger on the plush finish. An intense, bright, rich expression of Ruchè. [So well balanced and silky, you don’t notice the 15% alcohol :)]
Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato DOCG
Bottled by Bersano
$12 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2020
Rated 91 points by James Suckling