Renato Ratti Ochetti Nebbiolo d’Alba DOC 2014


A beautiful wine and one to meditate on.

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Not from Barolo but this Nebbiolo d’Alba does a pretty impressive imitation of the style. The vineyards are in Roero and the fruit has been bought by the family since 1969. It is full of ripe fruits, floral, big tannins and clean acidity. This is the wine to drink while you’re avoiding the Barolo proper. A meaty pasta or stew would complement this wine well.

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.


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.


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.


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.

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