A Brilliant, Berry-Rich Italian Red

Food & Wine: A Brilliant, Berry-Rich Italian Red
2011 Montalbera La Tradizione Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato Photo courtesy of Montalbera
By Lawrence Marcus Posted January 15, 2014

Italy's Piedmont region is known for complex Nebbiolo and juicy Dolcetto, but this bottling makes a strong case for the obscure Ruché grape.

2011 Montalbera La Tradizione Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato: Italy's Piedmont region is known for complex Nebbiolo and juicy Dolcetto, but this bottling makes a strong case for the obscure Ruché grape. While red wine will often have a single berry note, this one has a whole basket of them. Raspberry, blackberry and blueberry are all present in this super-fruity wine, as well as good acidity and a pleasant hint of leafy greenness to keep all that fruit balanced.

Drink It With: Almost anything, from white bean-and-ham stew to spicy tuna burgers. There's very little that won't be good with a low-tannin, light bodied red like this.

Best Price Online: $17 at Laurenti Wines. (Find more stores.)

Also Look For: Cascina Tavijn's similarly delicious Ruché.

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