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Cantine Valpane Rosa Ruske 2014

Synopsis, Our Opinion: A noteworthy Italian red that’s an excellent value.

Producer/Winery: Pietro Arditi; Monferrato, Italy.

Grape Variety: Ruchè.

Geographic Appellation: Monferrato region in the Piedmont of Italy.

Vintage: 2014

Price: $17.10

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Homemade pizza with pesto sauce, sweet banana peppers, onion, Roma tomatoes and a variety of left over cheeses.

Tasting:

    He said: Opened one hour before drinking. Clear, ruby red color with the same color rim. Zealous cherry, cranberry and damp earth aromas with hints of floral and citrus. Slightly spicy entry and a light body; plum, licorice and tar flavors intertwined with a significant mineral spine, lots of bright acidity and fine structured, but plentiful tannins. Unpretentious red wine, but great with the pizza. Not a shrinking violet, but a very good Italian red that screams for a substantive food pairing. We both said this was a noteworthy Italian red that’s an excellent value.

    She said: Almost opaque, ruby red color, a multitude of thin, closely spaced, steadily moving legs. Fruity aroma with a touch of pepper was followed by a light bodied, dry, acidic mouth feel and strong cherry and dark fruit taste. The wine was smooth and had a long finish with pleasant tannins and lots of flavor. Great with the pizza and I would like to try it with wild mushroom lasagna, tasty cheeses or pate. This wine has a lot going for it and is a good value at $17.

The restored Cantine Valpane wine cellar is located on an 18th century estate that has been owned by the Arditi family for nearly 100 years.
Photo from Cantine Valpane.

Comments: Learn more about Cantine Valpane and their wines.

Alcohol Content: 12.5%

Closure: Cork.

UPC Code: 7 61503 72585 7

Imported by: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant; Berkeley, California.