Piedmont, Italy

  Winemaker: Francesco Borgognone In the hills northeast of Asti, in the community of Castagnole Monferrato, lies the family vineyards and winery of Francesco Borgognone who acquired the well known Vigna del Parroco (Vineyard of the Parish Priest) in 1994. Although it remains somewhat of a mystery, it is suggested that the ruchè varietal name comes from “rocche” (meaning rocks) considering that this vine can be planted in calcerous-clay soil and tolerate dry weather without any loss of the quality of the fruit. The historial origin also suggests the connection to the Benedictine monastery “The Monastery of the Rocche” situated close to Castagnole Monferrato, where the monks were responsible for safeguarding the artistic wealth and culture of the Roman Empire and may well have saved the vine, which was later named after the monastery. Francesco Borgognone has carried on dedication since his first days of ownership of this vineyard and with his love, artistic sensitivity and skilled craftsmanship, produces an exceptional Ruchè that has received prestigious recognition. Shelftalker  Winery Website   
vignaparroco_rucheRuche de Castagnole Monferrato DOC
This incredible Ruchè has a beautiful ruby red color with violet reflections, and intense aromas reminiscent of violets, wild roses, raspberries and hazelnuts. It has a long lasting aromatic taste with nuances of a velvery ripe apricot, a slightly withered rose and an apple preserved in syrup and honey. A excellent wine to serve with all manner of autumn-winter dishes, and well seasoned cheeses. Serve at room temperature.