Monday, December 21, 2009
Renato Ratti Marcenasco Barolo 2004
Renato Ratti played a major role in defining Barolo, and in 1965 bought his first vineyard in the historical zone of Marcenasco at La Morra. Ensuring quality by using the best Nebbiolo grapes and aging in new barriques and small Slovenian casks, his family carries on Mr. Ratti's particular style.
Robust and full bodied, the assault begins with seasoned aromas of chocolate, sour cherries, coffee, tar and tobacco, with delicious flavors of violets, licorice, chalk, and dusty stone. Having a richness and texture that hits hard, after an hour's decanting integrating well, and finishing nicely with length.
If you have the patience to hold on to this for just a bit longer, it may just be worth the wait. Or if you'd rather seize the day like I did, enjoy it now, my friend.