In the Barolo region of Piedmont, around Castagnole Monferrato, there is an obscure red grape that grows that is not Nebbiolo (and therefore the wine cannot be called Barolo). Ruchè is headily scented with strong tannins leaving a lengthy finish. And the Ferraris is fabulous with notes of flowers and hazelnuts, plums and cherries, as well as rich tones of rustic earth. With nine months in neutral French oak, it has structure and body without being overwhelming. It’s excellent with meat ragu or main courses featuring game.
REGION: Castagnole Monferrato, Piedmont, Italy