The singular wines of La Miraja have heretofore been impossible to find in the United States. The estate is nestled within the original castle of Castagnole Monferrato, constructed in the 11th century and retrofitted to serve as a cellar in the 1400s. In this armory-turned-cellar, Eugenio Gatti turns out Barbera d’Asti, Grignolino, and his fabled Ruché. A seventh-generation viticulturist, Eugenio personally tends to the oldest vineyard of Ruché in Castagnole Monferrato, the original birthplace of Ruché. It is here that Eugenio Gatti devotes his life’s work to producing 840 transcendent cases of wine each year.
Grignolino d’Asti DOC
Grignolino derives from the Piemontese word grignole, which means “the pips” in the local dialect. The grape is rich in pips, or seeds, and yields tannic wines as a result. Historically, Grignolino has been consumed young as the locals wait for Barbera and Nebbiolo to age. Eugenio recommends serving this chilled like a white wine. At 12.5 percent alcohol, this Grignolino is robust, boasting an acidic backbone that matches its tannic finish.