Estate: In 1860, Secondo Crivelli settled in Castagnole Monferrato and began making wine. The wine was sold to a local cooperative until 1979, when his great grandson, Marco Crivelli started bottling the estate’s wines. He also expanded the property by 8 hectares and purchased the famous ‘Montio Hill’ parcel. Passionate about preservation of the land and the area’s indigenous grapes, especially Ruchè, Marco served as President of the Ruchè consortium and as responsible for the area being recognized with DOCG status in 2010. His son Jonathan is now taking over in the vineyards, whilst Marc concentrates on marketing and sales.
Philosophy: “We try with all our possibilities to safeguard the environment, ourselves – workers in the vineyard and the consumer.”
Winemaking: Although not certified, zero chemicals are used in the vineyards. Grapes are from sustainably farmed vines in limestone and sandy soil.
Tasting Notes: Transparent garnet in colour with aromas of cherry, strawberry, chipotle pepper, baking spice trace of candied violet. Wild berries, cherry and roasted herbs wrap around a spicy core, accented by bright acidity and firm tannins. A mineral undercurrent runs thru fruit and spice on the lengthy finish. A silky fusion of spice and fruit.
Pairing Suggestions: Marco Crivelli recommends that his Ruchè be paired with meat, game, and aged cheeses.
Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato DOCG
Produced at Origin by Crivelli