This wine is pristine and drinking gloriously right now. Sweet currants, caramel, brine, earth, gravel, tar and roses. The palate is beautifully Nebbiolo like and everything you want from great Barolo. Drink it now with a braise or with some firm cheese.
Marcenasco is a blend of fruit from their two great Crus: The South East facing Rocche dell’Annunziata at 400m above sea level and Conca @ 300masl, which is a SW facing amphitheatre. Ratti tends to use smaller and more new oak than the more traditional producers which gives you more obvious and immediate flavours.
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.
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.
Barolo DOCG – Made from 100% Nebbiolo aged for least 3 years (5 for Riserva). Famous villages include La Morra, Verduno, Castiglione, Montforte, Serralunga and Barolo. Awarded DOCG in 1980.
Nebbiolo – Famously producing long lived red wines which are light of colour, but abundant in tannin from Barolo, Barbaresco and various other local wines. This is the variety that defines the region. Typical flavours include: Tar, roses, anise, cherry, blackberry and truffle.