Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Renato Ratti

New vintages of Renato Ratti have arrived!
Huge scores!
2021 Ratti Battaglione Barbera d'Asti...$19.99
Ratti likened Barbera to Chardonnay insofar as it can be crafted in diverse styles. As a vine, it loves heat, he said, and so has benefited from climate change. But it requires perfect timing to harvest-just a couple of days' delay will result in a wine that is overly jammy. "It's about the fruit, the fruit, the fruit, he emphasized to me. Indeed, this wine shows beautiful black fruit on the nose, with hints of ripe cherry. Deeply colored with a tinge of blue, it's round yet crisp and quenching, with bright, savory fruit.
Rated 96/100 The Somm Journal

2019 Ratti Barolo Marcenasco....$62.99
This is not a single-vineyard Barolo, but all the fruit comes from three vineyards in the Comune di La Morra- one in An-nunziata at 990 feet above sea level and two others in La Morra proper at 1,300 and 1,475 feet above sea level, respectively which are picked at different times and vinified and barrel aged separately before they're blended. The Annunziata fruit is more delicate, so Ratti ages it mainly in larger casks; the La Morra fruit is more
"exuberant, as he describes it, and benefits from time in barrique. The wine shows all the hallmarks of classic Barolo, with power and structure and a hint of black licorice on the finish. Aromatic, elegant, and complex, it's a wine to enjoy now or savor with further aging.
Rated 97/100 The Somm Journal

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