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2017 Renato Ratti Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata

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March 10, 2024 - $76



95James Suckling

Such subtlety and refinement to this young Barolo with dried strawberries, fine tannins and a citrus undertone. Medium body. Extremely dusty and polished. Clean finish.

95Wine Enthusiast

Aromas of pressed rose, sandalwood, menthol and black-skinned berry mingle together in the glass along with a whiff of oak-driven spice. Full-bodied and loaded with finesse, the poised, savory palate delivers raspberry compote, strawberry and licorice before finishing on a coffee bean note. Taut, fine-grained tannins provide support.

94The Wine Advocate

The wine is redolent of dried cherry, cassis, crushed rose and dusty earth. To the palate, it is very fine and almost fragile, although the tannins are dry and loosely textured.

92Wine Spectator

A fragrant version, revealing rose, cherry and strawberry flavors, picking up notes of mint, iron and tobacco as this builds on the palate. There's a silkiness to the texture, yet with ample structure and a fresh finish.

91Vinous / IWC

...offers lovely persistence in a mid-weight, classically austere style that is quite appealing. Sweet dried cherry, mint, cedar, tobacco, dried cherry and dried flowers are all finely knit.


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.


Red Wine, Nebbiolo, D.O.C.G.

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.