2005 Renato Ratti "Marcenasco" Barolo

SKU #1058498 96 points Wine Spectator

 This fabulous Nebbiolo displays aromas of very ripe strawberry and cappuccino. Full-bodied, with supervelvety tannins and incredible concentration. All the tannins are coated with gorgeous fruit. *Ranked #7 on Top 100 of 2009, Highly Recommended* (JS)  (8/2009)

95 points James Suckling

 Wonderful aromatics. Beautiful and complex aromas of blueberries and citrus fruits. Full-bodied with gorgeous polished, chewy tannins. A toned, fruit-forward beautiful wine that could still use some time.  (5/2013)

93 points Decanter

 Rocche dell’Annunziata is one of the top five Barolo vineyards. Amazing balance and grace. Intense and lively finish. Drinking Window 2015-2035. (ID)  (12/2014)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Marcenasco really comes through this vintage in terms of power, elegance and harmony. There are spice and herbal notes mixed in with almond, vanilla and allspice. You’ll love the sensation of wholeness and harmony here. Drink this opulent wine with filet mignon with wild mushroom cream sauce.  (4/2009)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2005 Barolo Marcenasco opens with perfumed aromatics that lead to a plump, juicy core of red fruit. The wine possesses notable inner perfume and terrific overall balance in a fresh, accessible style. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2022. This is a wonderful set of new releases from Renato Ratti, one of Piedmont’s historic names. The 2005s are especially beautiful for their soft, textured fruit and well-integrated French oak, something that hasn’t always been the case in recent vintages. (AG)  (10/2009)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Full red. Currant, graphite, minerals and bitter chocolate on the nose. Sweet, fruity and pure, with lovely cut to the dark berry and floral flavors. Bright but nicely integrated acidity. There's something Burgundian about the fruit here. A nicely concentrated Barolo that finishes with a broad dusting of tannins and hints of sweet oak and marzipan. (ST)  (11/2009)

Jancis Robinson

 Winemaker Pietro Ratti. After destemming and pressing the juice is undergoes controlled fermentation at 30ºC. This is followed by an average of seven days of maceration then malolactic fermentation in steel tanks which took place in October 2007. The wine was then aged in oak until it was ready for bottling in summer 2008. Bright ruby. Some real evolution. Very gentle and yet is clearly Langhe Nebbiolo. Good stuff! I could imagine enjoying this with Christmas dinner! Very lively and refreshing and punchy and clean. Really quite heartening. 17/20 points. (JR)  (10/2009)


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