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2006 Renato Ratti Barolo Rocche

ITEM 8014693 - Removed from a temperature controlled wine cellar

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
garbu8 3 $66 $198
jolas 0 of 3 $65 $0
3 $60
Item Sold Amount Date
I8014693 3 $66 Dec 5, 2021
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RATINGS

94Vinous / IWC

...Sweet, floral aromatics lead to richly textured core of fruit that is supported by well-balanced French oak. This is a ligher, more refined style than the Conca, but the wine possesses an extra degree of finesse and elegance...

PRODUCER

Renato Ratti

Renato Ratti is a 100-acre estate in La Morra, in the Piedmont region of Italy. The estate was founded in 1965 when Renato Ratti returned from an early career in winemaking in Brazil and bought a vineyard in Marcenasco. He created his first single vineyard Barolo from that vineyard and soon brought on his nephew Massimo Martinelli to help run the estate. Ratti died several decades ago but the estate is now run by his son Pietro and Martinelli. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that Renato introduced innovations to the region’s winemaking which greatly improved the wines. He was also an author and viticultural scholar. Today the wines, which are nearly all Barolos, are widely admired. About 300,000 bottles are produced annually.

REGION

Italy, Piedmont, Barolo

Barolo is one of Italy’s greatest wine appellations. In fact many cognoscenti of Italian wines consider Barolo to be the apex of Italian winemaking. Barolo is sometimes referred to as “the king of wines, and the wine of kings” partly because until the mid-19th century Piedmont was owned by the noble House of Savoy, the historic rulers of northwestern Italy. And the Savoys had a taste for Nebbiolo. Nestled into the rolling hills of Langhe, the Barolo DOCG includes 11 communes, one of which is the town of Barolo. There are 4,200 vineyard acres in the appellation and since the late 19th century growers have tried to identify their best vineyards. By marketing some vineyards as better quality than others, Barolo producers have followed the Burgundian custom of making single vineyard, or “cru” vineyard bottlings. As in neighboring Barbaresco, the Barolo DOCG requires that wines be 100% Nebbiolo, a grape thought of as the Pinot Noir of Italy. Records show that Nebbiolo was grown in the Piedmont as early as the 14th century, and despite being somewhat finicky – it is late to ripen and easily damaged by adverse weather --- Nebbiolo makes highly aromatic and powerful red wines. Until the mid-19th century Nebbiolos of Piedmont were vinified as sweet wines, though that ended in the late 19th century when a French oenologist was invited to Piedmont to show producers how to make dry reds. Barolo was made a DOC in 1966 and upgraded to DOCG status in 1980. Barolos must be aged at least three years, at least two of those years in wood. Barolos are tannic and robust and generally need at least five years to soften into complex, earthy wines.

TYPE

Red Wine, Nebbiolo

This red grape is most often associated with Piedmont, where it becomes DOCG Barolo and Barbaresco, among others. Its name comes from Italian for “fog,” which descends over the region at harvest. The fruit also gains a foggy white veil when mature.