2023 La Miraja Chardonnay "Cuore di Luna" Piedmont, Italy

Faithfully reflecting the fruit shown on the nose, this bottling is true to the grape variety itself—nervy,
balanced, and refreshing. The finish is clean and crisp. Elegant enough for all palates, this style of Chardonnay is
a surefire crowd-pleaser.



Estate fruit from the Calosso vineyard situated 250 meters above sea level. Southwest exposure. Calcareous-clay soils. These vines were planted to Chardonnay in 1995 with 5,000 vines per hectare trained in the guyot style. Hand-harvested fruit is destemmed and then crushed by basket press into stainless-steel tanks, where native fermentation occurs. This Chardonnay does not undergo malolactic fermentation. After 3 months in tank on the fine lees, the wine rests for an additional 4 months in bottle prior to release. 


Nestled within the original castle of Castagnole Monferrato, La Miraja was constructed as an armory in the 11th century, only to be retrofitted as a cellar in the 1400s. In this armory-turned-cellar, Eugenio Gatti, a seventh-generation viticulturist, turns out Barbera, Grignolino, Freisa, and his fabled Ruché. His oldest Ruché plantings are located in the famed Majole vineyard, one of the first sites in Castagnole Monferrato where the grape was planted with the intention of producing single-varietal wines. Majole was replanted in the 1970s, and its Ruché vines rank among the oldest in the world. This has long been considered the top site of Castagnole Monferrato—the epicenter of Ruché production and the first of seven villages granted permission to produce single-varietal Ruché under the DOCG. La Miraja (pronounced “me-rye-uh”) is tiny by any measure, comprising less than 4 hectares under vine. It is here that Eugenio devotes his life’s work to producing roughly 2,500 transcendent cases of wine each year. Harnessing his years of working in wineries and distilleries across Italy, he imbues his wines with a haunting purity and a simple elegance.


Grape(s) Chardonnay
Farming Traditional