The Isasco vineyard sits on a plateau high up in the coastal mountains of Liguria, overlooking the small town of Varigotti and the expansive Mediterranean below. Thanks to the altitude, the vines benefit from cool nights that allow for slow ripening all the way until harvest in early October. The Vermentino grape thrives in this maritime setting. Sipping it evokes a fresh sea breeze, as if a current of air had picked up the Mediterranean’s brine, swept away the delicate aroma of white wildflowers, and brought these elements to the grape. The result is crisp with local charm and true Ligurian character.
|Appellation:||Riviera Ligure di Ponente|
|Winemaker:||Tommaso Ruffino & Family|
|Vineyard:||16 - 31 years, 1.5 ha|
|Soil:||Red Clay, Gravel|
|Aging:||Wines spend four months on the lees|
The vineyards of Punta Crena (which is named for a large promontory jutting into the sea at the edge of the village) are all within 1200 meters of the water and enjoy sea breezes that help keep the grapes healthy and happy. The Ruffino family are proud to work almost exclusively with local varietals, but they dont have much company. As a result, several of Punta Crenas wines are one of a kind: the Mataòssu and Cruvin are entirely unique, and the Barbarossa is the only one produced in Italy. They believe that their only job after the harvest is simply to avoid ruining their lovely fruit as it turns to wine. These are light, fun wines with no pretension.
You don’t have to be rich to cellar a great wine.