A light red wine that’s easy to drink — and a little different from anything you might have tried before.

Though the winemaker calls this a casual wine, I found it to be elegant as well. There’s a beautiful, well-defined cherry and garrigue aroma. On the palate it’s fresh, with sweet fruit on the tongue giving way to dried cherries with burnt sugar edges. The wine is medium-light in body, and dances to the tune of its light brick-red color – though the liquid’s rim is surprisingly pale for such a young wine. Moderate tannins and acidity, which are nevertheless nicely balanced.  Pair with herbed pastas and light meat dishes typical of the hilly countryside of northern Italy.

90 — BSE

WHO: Luca Ferraris

WHAT: 100% ruchè

WHERE: Castagnole Monferrato, Asti, Piedmont, Italy

HOW MUCH: $18-22 (media sample)


About The Author

Becky Sue Epstein
International Editor

Becky Sue Epstein is Palate Press’s International Editor. An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, her work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, www.wine-pages.com and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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