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Reanato Ratti Nebbiolo`

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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.

Location

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 territory.

Accolades

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 Spectator

“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 some

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.

Price: $19.99
Reorders: $13.99


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