Renato Ratti revolutionised Barolo and will forever be celebrated for his contributions. He has passed away now but his wine maker and family carried on his legacy. The estate style is that of intensity and power. They pack in some alcohol and balance it with new French barriques. These are wines that don’t necessarily look their best young, but with age the good old tar n roses comes back.
Bright and fresh, crunchy red and blue fruits. Zingy acid and a bit of firm tannins makes this very refreshing and drinkable. Not overly complex but all the more enjoyable because of it. Drink it over the next 12 months with a slow braise.
Piedmont – Known as one of the greatest wine regions in the world, its name literally means the ‘foot of the mountain’. Piedmont located in the North Western reach of Italy. There are a lot of parallels drawn between the best wines of Piedmont (Barolo and Barbaresco) and the wines of Burgundy. The region neighbours France and Switzerland with its border defined by the Alps to the north and west and Apennines to the south. These natural defences were used to keep the Ligurians safe from Roman invasions. Luckily it didn’t work forever, as we may not have the wines that we cherish today.
Alba – An ancient city at the heart of the region and its centre of trade. It is also the region that gives its name to quality Dolcetto, Barbera and Nebbiolo.
Dolcetto – Meaning ‘little sweet one’, it is capable of producing some fragrant and pretty wines with slight bitterness. Also capable of punching above its weight with tannins. Tastes of red berries, floral notes and spice..