*** Put a Chill on It ***
It's HOT out there. Some red varietals benefit from a slightly higher chill.
*** Schiava ***
Teaching Moment: Schiava is a light-bodied red wine (like Pinot Noir) with aromas
of cotton candy, strawberry, bubblegum, and lemonhead candy. The wine is delicate
and light in color. On the palate, the flavors are quite subtle. Producers in Alto Adige
will often make a DRY style. The alcohol levels are slightly lighter
because the grape grows predominantly in a cooler climate.
Alois Lageder's great grandfather founded the winery over 150 years ago in Alto Adige, Northeast Italy. In 1934, the family acquired the Lowengang estate in Magre and continued adding other prime Alto Adige vineyards. Now in its fifth generation, the company is led
by Alois Lageder. His brother-in-law Luis von Dellemann, is the winemaker.
Color: Ruby-red with a purple shimmer. Aroma: Subtly pronounced, fresh, fruity,
floral (violet), white pepper. Flavor: Light to medium bodied, well-balanced, soft, dry.
*** 12% alc. $15.99 ***
*** Ruche ***
Teaching Moment: Ruchè is a varietal of Piedmont in Italy that has risen
from virtual obscurity as a little-known, dark-skinned variety to having its own appellation,
Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato. Its origins are disputed, with some claiming
Ruchè as indigenous to the region, while others claim it has Burgundian roots.
Ruchè wines can be characterized by their lightness in color and complex aromas,
somewhat like the lauded Nebbiolo of the region. The similarities continue
with Ruchè having fine but forceful tannins and good acidity to stimulate the palate.
Ruchè is a very unique wine from the Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato
that exhibits roses, pepper, black cherries, and cinnamon, with moderately high tannin.
Forbes Magazine on Ruchè and Surroundings
13.5% alc. $23