By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.carugate.it/
There’s no doubt in my mind that Italy produces some of the best white wines out there – they’re aromatic, dry and full of acid-giving life. Garganega is a lesser-known varietal here in the States, but nonetheless is one I’d highly encourage everyone to seek out and try.
Ca’ Rugate is a winery in northeast Italy which was established in 1986 – they built a new winery in 2002 which featured a more modern wine-making facility.
- Varietal: 100% Garganega
- Total Acidity: 5.5g/l
- Dry extract: 20g/l
- Soil: Clay and basalt on volcanic hillsides.
- Production: 250,000 bottles
- Price: $20
Nose: Straw hay-laced honeysuckle, kiwi, lemon zest, chalk dust, beach sand and grapefruit.
Taste: Beautiful layers of chalk-laced citrus notes along with wiki, alfafa and a hint of key lime. Gorgeous acids across the mid palate that completely compiments the fruit. The finish hangs on for dear life and really beckons you to pound the entire bottle post-haste.