Luigia Zucchi's Rugrà Piemontese estate springs from a long held local family tradition for small wine production. They are located in the Monferrato hills in the Commune of Tassarolo just outside the town of Novi Ligure. The tradition became small volume commercial sales from 1992. The 4 ha estate (2 of vines) has always been farmed with the health of the soil and the environment in mind and carries organic certification. Total annual production of all wines is around 830 cases.
Rugra Merlot ‘Pruno Rosso’ 2018
Wild plums, forest smoke and berry flavours. Pure red fruit with a pomegranate twist. 100% Merlot from a 1/2 hectare plot surrounded by woods and mixed use land, the antithesis of a monoculture. Fermented in Stainless Steel with wild yeasts. Produced and bottled with no addition of sulphur. A great immediacy of ripe fruits is at the core of this with a tantalising dance of natural acids and crunchy complexity.