Reanato Ratti Nebbiolo`
In 1969 Renato Ratti
and his nephew, Massimo Martinelli,
joined together with the goal to perfect a technique of vinification,
maturation and refinement for their Marcenasco Barolo (Nebbiolo grape), with
the declared aim of obtaining the elegance, subtlety and longevity worthy of
the variety's full potential. Since then, Renato Ratti has become an important
point of reference for Langhe wines and Italian wines in general. Renato Ratti
is considered the father of the “Modernist” movement in Barolo. He was the
first Barolo producer to bottle “Single Vineyards” wines. He is also
responsible for mapping the Barolo vineyards.
Located halfway up the hill overlooking the valley of
Barolo, along the steep slopes of neatly aligned vineyards, lies the Abbey of
the Annunziata, a priceless jewel of the 15th Century. Just as friars of
centuries past produced wines from the grapes grown along the hollow below
their abbey, today the same area still produces wines of incomparable quality.
The vineyards of Renato Ratti are found along the hills of Langhe, Roero and
Monferrat regions, all carefully cultivated with the utmost respect for the
International Wine Cellar 90 Points: Medium red. Musky red fruits, flowers, spices, menthol
and a whiff of earth on the perfumed nose. Very juicy, fresh nebbiolo with
harmonious acidity; more open than the 2008 was at a similar stage. A seriously
good, bright nebbiolo bottling that finishes with a touch of minerality, firm
tannins and captivating aromatic lift. This can be enjoyed now or held. Ratti
has made this wine since 1969, purchasing the grapes from the same families
over the entire period.
90 Points Wine
“Rich and succulent, sporting black cherry, blackberry and
licorice flavors. This is muscular and laced with tannins, lending a slight
bitterness now. But it’s full of sweet fruit, so allow a year or so.”
The Wine Advocate - 89 Points
The 2009 Nebbiolo d’Alba Ochetti is a bit brawny in this
vintage, but quite pretty all the same. Crushed flowers, berries and spices are
some of the notes that flow from this mid-weight Nebbiolo. The wine does soften
up a bit with time in the glass.
Ideally it should be given a quick decant to help soften
of the angular contours. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014.
GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Nebbiolo 1st vintage: 1969
FOOD PAIRINGS: Red meats grilled or on the spit, stewed
dishes in white or brown sauces; local cheeses, such as: Robiola, Caprini,
Mascarpone and Fontina.