From: Piedmont, Italy
Varietals: Dolcetto, Barbera, Nebbiolo
In Piedmontese dialect, 'Matot' means "little boy": this wine is named for the vines it is made from, which are the youngest ones on the Ruggeri Corsini estate. This, effectively, is the farm’s second label, created to enable it to keep a high standard with its other wines (everything is estate bottled at Ruggeri Corsini; nothing is sold in bulk to traders, a fact that makes quality control for a wine like Matot particularly important).
Tasting Notes: As soon as this wine is poured, you can tell it has amazing value with the complex and floral nose. A very versatile wine, its light to medium body, bright strawberry and cherry notes make it a wonderful wine to enjoy on its own or paired with food. Hints of cola, dried cherry, and mushroom linger on the slightly rustic palate.
Pairing: This wine is a great value and would pair well with an Italian meal, anything from pizza to truffle pasta, to anchovies, and olives.
Some time ago, Loredana Addari and Nicola Argamante, both with degrees in Agriculture and specialized in Viticulture and Oenology decided to make a change, leaving their jobs in the city to buy a small estate (which only produced grapes) in the province of Cuneo, the heart of the Langhe hills: Monforte d'Alba. It is a family-run winery: the property is run and taken care of by Loredana, Nicola, their eldest daughter Francesca, and Loredana’s brother Lorenzo. The estate gets its name “Corsini” from the small hamlet of Monforte d’Alba, where one can admire the ancient stone houses. Instead, the name “Ruggeri” is Nicola’s mother’s surname: she helped them achieve their dream, financing the launch of the estate.
The family has taken great care to incorporate sustainability throughout the operation; they started using lighter bottles than normal for the Langhe region in 2006 (while retaining the traditional Albesia style), they use a phyto-purification system which allows them to reuse wastewater, and they’ve had solar thermal and photovoltaic panels on their winery since 2010. Furthermore, their estate vineyards are certified sustainable.
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