Pierfrancesco Gatto Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato Caresana 2014
- Rated 4.5 stars
- Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato, Piedmonte
- Reviewed by: Treve Ring
- Published on: February 14, 2017
- Last modified: February 14, 2017
Ruché is a native grape of north-eastern Piedmont, and was the wine reserved for special feasts and celebrations. Ruché Caresana is one of the flagship wines of Gatto, an 8 ha family estate from the late 19th century. The sandy/tuffaceous hillside vineyards are between 230 and 260 m and are farmed sustainably, including a mix of organic and biodynamic practices. This is fermented in a mix of stainless and glass-lined cement before time in larger-format Slavonian and French oak. Intense white pepper, geranium, wild plum and herbal green raspberry notes open and carry through to the fresh, light-bodied palate. Salted dried herbs, cured sweet salami, perfumed rock roses, nutmeg flow throughout, all lifted with a bright, brisk acidity and finishing with ample cracked pepper. An alluring rare beauty, best enjoyed slightly chilled and with an Italian charcuterie platter.