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Producer: Ca'RugateGrape Varieties: Corvina 40%, Corvinone 30%, Rondinella 30%Optimum Drinking: Within 4 yearsWine Style: Light fruity redAlcohol by Volume: 12.5%Closure: ScrewcapCountry: Italy
The family business has been handed down through the generations of the Tessari family since the early 1900s. The estate was renamed Ca'Rugate in 1986, taking its name from the volcanic hills where the vineyards are located. Now run by the fourth generation, Michele has brought with him a lively, passionate and entrepreneurial spirit. Considerable expansion has taken place in recent years with investment in a new technologically advanced cellar and expansion into the Valpolicella area with the purchase of vineyards in the hilly zone of Montecchia di Crosara. Ca'Rugate has been awarded the prestigious 'Tre Bicchieri' award rating from Gambero Rosso multiple times, making it one of the most awarded producers in the competition and has been hailed by the New York Times as one of the "Top Five producers of High-End Soave".
The 2017 vintage saw a cool, wet winter, followed by a cool spring. The weather was warm and sunny during the summer, with some hot periods. The harvest was a challenging and complex one. It started in August with the white grapes and Garganega and ended in October with the red grapes of Punta Tolotti and Campo Lavei. The grapes were in good condition at harvest time.
The best grapes selected from Ca' Rugate's vineyards in the hilly area of Montecchia di Crosara and are harvested at the beginning of October. The vines yield 110 quintals per hectare and are grown in soils made up of limestone and gravel with pebbles, which impart elegance and provide excellent drainage for the vines.
Each variety was vinified separately. The grapes were fermented on their skins for a period of seven to 10 days, releasing the flavours and extracting the colour during the process. The wine was blended and then matured in stainless steel tanks in order to preserve the integrity of the primary aromas and varietal characteristics of the blend.
Concentrated aromas of red fruits, ripe blackberry and deep cherry flavours, with floral notes and a hint of spice. Supple on the palate with a velvety texture.
Served at 14 to 16°C this is ideal with roast chicken or marinated pork dishes. Great with flavoursome, hard cheeses.
Corvina 45%, Corvinone 40%, Rondinella 15%
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