October 2017—Our 45th Anniversary!
Don’t miss a chance to taste the world’s only Crovino—other growers uprooted their vines due to the variety’s low yields and tendency to drop its berries upon achieving ripeness. Those drawbacks are not enough to discourage the Ruffinos, who continue to wave the flag for this ultra-local medium-bodied red. With notes of fresh berries, pepper, and a sweet spiciness, it will wonderfully complement homemade pasta dishes or my favorite pairing, roast rabbit smothered with herbs.
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.