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2016 Orsolani La Rustia Erbaluce di Caluso DOCG
2016 Orsolani La Rustia Erbaluce di Caluso DOCG

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Erbaluce is a crisp white grape varietal that has been documented in Piemonte since 1606 and almost exclusively in and around the township of Caluso in the Canavese hills of eastern Piemonte. Often called Greco in limited plantings near Ghemme and Gattinara, east of Caluso, and thought to be a relative of the Fiano grape variatel found in central and southern Italy. The Erbaluce grape makes a remarkably fresh and balanced white, the La Rustia is a reference to the roasted slopes where the grapes are grown (as in the place/name/appellation Cote Rotie, which denotes roasted slope, the ideal exposure of these vineyards allows the grapes to achieve remarkable richness).
Erbaluce di Caluso, or simply Caluso, is a classified wine making zone found in the north-western Piemonte region of Italy. The wines from this area are produced in 33 communes in the province of Turin, with Caluso as its center. The Erbaluce grape from which the wine is made takes its name from the goddess Albaluce, whose realm was Caluso. Erbaluce di Caluso is the bianco secco (dry white) version, with aromas reminiscent of meadow flowers. It is characteristically dry with distinguishable acidity but has a well-rounded structure, making it an excellent partner to hors doeuvres and fish. It is particularly well suited to tench (a freshwater fish) and marinated trout. Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri Award Winner

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