This continues to be a bit dark, brooding and drab for me. There's no brightness of fruit. There is some quality there, but it feels poorly made or something is awry. It's nice enough, but just not as nice as it should be.
This was best right after opening and slowly lost aromatic intensity, eventually becoming not much more than acid, fennel, and some tannin. At the outset, it was an enjoyable wine but not anything of remarkable interest. In truth, I don't know where this wine is going. The tannin seems surprisingly integrated (even now as it shuts down in the glass) and the fruit wasn't especially overwhelming at the outset. I don't see the balance here, just a lot of acid.
Excellent barolo. Les tannins commencent à s'assouplir mais sont encore bien présents. Les gens présents à la dégustation croyaient que c'était un barbaresco à cause de la présence de son fruit et son accessibilité. Je lui donnerais encore 2-3 ans pour qu'il soit parfait.
3,5 years since I had this wine last time and Im still impressed but Its a total diffrent wine today. The hard tanins are gone and the nose is more mature with chocolate, roses, tar, glue and forest floor. The taste is great, a bit clumsy but who cares, I really like when barolo start to age and this bottle got roses, lingonberry, well integrated tanins, glue, a hint of orange and rosehips. lovely. Medium finish and I think its time to drink theese bottles now and the next 1-2 years. I don´t think the 2005 will improve much more.
Semi-opaque and dark in color for a Barolo. Still very young looking, with no lightening at all around the edge. Earthy aromas of sous bois, freshly cut wood, spice and black cherries on the nose. Full-bodied, rich and still very tannic. Even after a four hour slow-ox, its tangy cherry and pomegranate fruit remained buried behind a wall of tannins. Notes of tar, chocolate and spice manage to peek out on the dry, mouth-puckering finish. Began to finally open up towards the end of the evening, but remained quite woody and astringent overall. I agree with most of the other reviewers here that have said this wine is not even close to being ready and needs at least 3-4 more years of cellar time. 50+5+12+15+8=90
Very tightly integrated wine. Rose Petals, light tar, and light red fruits. Perfectly balanced between tannin, acid and fruit. I would give this wine 2-3 more years to fully appreciate everything it has to offer
NICE Barolo.....but the 3,165 bottles still in cellars probably need to ALL stay in Cellars for another 3-5 years at LEAST. This Barolo seems like it will have very good length. There was something rather displeasing about this wine when it was initially opened....this wine had a significant nitrogen note at first. Took the better part of 45 minutes to change this, and the wine was consumed over about 2-3 hours after that decanting time. The wine on the front was still rather tightly wound. Very proper garnet colored, well balanced Barolo, favoring the darker side than the light and fruity side like too many have gone towards. Medium + bodied. There was black cherry and smoke on the nose, darker earthy raspberry and black cherry on the front, with nice minerality that carried into a dark mid-palate. Herbal notes, licorice, and dirty black cherry, with that Barolo middle that transports you back to Piedmont. Smooth on the front, a little earthy in the finish, and a very balanced wine. I think this one probably has a lot of time left on it -- I dare say that in 2022 this one is probably going to be drinking right where it SHOULD....I doubt this one will be over the hill anytime soon. If you do get curious about this one, please plan to give it at least an hour (or two) of decanting time!! (Added note: This wine will probably be a 93 in a few years, but I rated it because I do feel as if the wine opened properly enough to rate).
This is a very solid, well priced Barolo. Gave it an hour in the decanter and I would recommend at least that if not 90 minutes before tasting. Classic Barolo profile of menthol, tar and dark fruit flavors. Opened up really nicely and 2 hours in it was a real pleasure. Highly recommend it especially given the price point.
En ce qui me concerne, la moins intéressante des bouteilles de ce vin dégustées dans les 3 dernières années. goudron, noix de coco, thym rose et une touche de poivron qui m'a un peu étonné. Tannins poudreux. Longueur appréciable. Bon, mais les dernières avaient été très bonne
Pop and pour and followed over six hours, first with food (pasta with red sauce (proscuitto e pomodoro)). Dark purple color with a slight browning at the edge. Nose is spice and dark fruits, hint of cedar as well. Good rich fruit with some slight prune notes along with black cherries, spice and cedar. A very good wine, although lacking in depth and complexity.
Good wine overall. Dense and brooding with an almost Cahors-like weight and extraction. The wood is distinctly Barolo, and there is a good amount of it. Kinda a Parkerized bottle but 10 years might help with that? Not sure it will vastly improve but will let sit 5 years before checking in again.
I saw some of the recent reviews of this wine in here and had to check out if it really was that bad? Yeah well it seems to be closed now I had this decanted for 6+ hours and I could not recognice the wine from when I last had it.
Was expecting better things from the Renato Ratti Marcenasco Barolo. Very tight and while showing typical characteristics of Barolo, there was nothing special here. Hopefully 2-3 more years in the bottle will allow this one to improve.
Underwhelmed. Decanted for 3 hours...didn't have the refinement, complexity, or floral notes that one hopes to see in a good barolo. The wine was serviceable, but nothing more unfortunately. Not much changed on Day 2.
Kind of disappointed and poor QPR for my palate. Still trying to learn about Barolos which perhaps aren't my thing. Didn't care for the finish which seemed a bit rough - maybe oaky. Red fruit, nose OK. Always hear about the tar and roses but not really getting that here - perhaps a bit of flower on the nose. Maybe needs more time.
This is isn't mind bending Barolo. It is outstanding in its simpleness. Gorgeous fruit wrapped in velvety tannins. Once again, drinking very well with a little air. Punches above its price point no doubt. 14% ABV.
Decanted for about 30 minutes before drinking, then drank over the next 3.5 hours. Aroma is strawberry and tart cherry, with a hint of cocoa. Taste is very earthy and has the strawberry as well. Medium level of acidity, but it does seem to die off on the palate a bit.
Decanted for one hour wich was enough... Opened up pretty quickly. Tipycally La Morra... Easy to approach medium tannins and acid. Somehow very fruity and maybe to much sweetnes. Nose of dark berries, roses, kirsh. Medium complexity and medium finish. Surtenly ready to drink. I am not sure it will develop further. But but but...a very nice "designer" Barolo. Enjoy. OT
DECANT. Nice nose with all spice rosemary licorice and graphite. Good acidity with raspberry cherry and strawberry flavors. A hint of mint. Continues to improve with air time. Surprisingly young and crisp.A great food wine and much life left.
I loved the first bottle I drank 2 years ago, gave a 95 rating, this bottle was excellent, not as good. Very crisp, tasted promising right after opening, drank over 4 hours and did not get better. Very crisp Barolo.
Its been well over a year since I first had this so I wanted to see how it was progressing in the cellar. This was actually ready to drink right upon opening, but I decided to decant it and it got better and better with more time in the decanter. As it often is the case with theese wines the last glass was the best after sitting in the decanter for well over 8 hours. Simply just a gorgeous nose I could sit and smell this all night and keep digging up new notes up from its deep layered aroma. Great mouthfeel with beautifull minerality, good balance and long finish. 94 pts now and Im sure this will rise to 95+ with 7+ years in the cellar.
Clear ruby red with some brown at the edges. Intense bouquet with roses, earth, old leaves and leather. Fantastic structure and balance with sturdy but well integrated tannins and very long finish. Top quality Barolo with a promising future.
San Diego WineSpectator.com Offline, 7/15/2012 (Casa Red Guy): 14% alc. Clear blood-ruby-garnet color. Outstanding bouquet of fresh minerals and earthy terroir, cherry pie, prunes, leather. A highlight of the evening. I'm astonished that a fairly young barolo could be so open-knit and approachable. Jabe11 picked up this wine just a few kilometers from its origin and carried it with him all the way to our fair city where it ranked THIRD PLACE for the night.
Nice, fruity nose, almost perfumed. Very spicy with dark chocolate, walnuts, pepper and violets. Deep down the flowers lure. All in all, quite complex. Medium-fullish body. Surprisingly generous fruit, with elegant but also tough tannins. Cherries, mineral, roses. Gently oaky. What detracts is a rather short finish and some sourness. Not persistent enough.
after waiting 2+ yrs couldn't resist opening my 1st bottle of 6. Pleasantly surprised at such a young age how well it is drinking. Can easliy see why WS had this ranked in their top 10! Should drink well for years to come.
Tasting Group Dinner: Piedmont (Damico Kitchen): Dark red color. Unknown decant, fairly short I believe. Drank 1 glass over 1 hr. Nose is fairly open with violets, earth, red fruits of cherry, and berries, oak. The palate is fairly tight, tart red fruit, spice, oak, firm tannins. Very young, hard to gauge at this point. probably 89-90pts.
decanted for 4 hours, very little sediment. nose has earth, cherry, mineral, sage, and lightly herbed cherry. the palate has lots of cherry with herb, light spice, and mineral with a moderate length finish. lots of tannins which have softened considerably since my last bottle, but they still need a few more years before peak. well balanced food wine that paired well with minestrone. easily the best barolo i have had, in my limited experience. i do believe it will get better with a few more years in bottle. easy 94 now, 96ish in the future. drink after 2014, if you can wait.
Starting off by showing an immense volatility with the different components screaming at me. After half an hour in the glass the wine settled down a bit starting to display the vivid array of dark fruit and expressive tannins one expects to find in a good Barolo. Yet I lacked the classy Amaretto tones I love and always look for in these wines. Overall impression is positive but there is a slight lack of complexity which hopefully will emerge with some age. From magnum.
Old world meets new in the ‘05 Marcenasco. This has beautiful dark color, notes of Ripe dark plum and strawberry along with some floral, light licorice and some subtle mocha notes. The structure is awesome with firm chewy tannins that carry over to a finish that seems endless. If you really can’t wait, this is approachable now, but this will really hit its peak in a few more years. (Drink 2012 – 2024) - JD
I hated to drink this one so early...but peer pressure got the best of me. Thus, I am partly to blame for the score as the wine isn't ready for consumption. It has a wonderful floral nose that knocks your sock off and intense flavors of dark red berries. However, this one is heavily tannic and closed which will change with time. I didn't sense the structure I hoped for in a wine that scored so high with WS....but only time will tell.
Decanted for several hours, due to others' notes. While it continued to open further as we drank, it could have probably lasted days with this serious character. Finely matched with garlic alfredo over fresh angel hair. Hopefully, all quality barolo is of this ilk.
Thoroughly overrated. This was a highly acidic and tannic wine and while it paired nicely with grilled portobellos and burgers and improved with time, it was a harsh wine with sharp edges that was nowhere near as enjoyable as the '05 Serradenari we drank yesterday (no TN on that one - sorry). It was not a bad wine, just not really good. I doubt it will improve with age. Gift now. (4+11+16+6)
Perfumed nebbiolo nose, with marzipan. Also chocolate, bitter almond, brown sugar. well-balanced oak. Lots of fruit, soft tannins and good acidity. Long afterglow in the mouth. Wonderful accompanying the bolognese.
Brick red, fruit, much more refined than when I tasted it last year. Might have hit a good spot with this one. Still lots of tannin but overpowers the fruit a bit. Will be interesting to see this develop further.
This wine was tasted in double-blind fashion at Vintage Wines, Ltd. The bottle was kindly provided by Diogo Belo. Opaque red/garnet robe with garnet rim. Clean nose, showing explosive aromas of coriander, red currants, dust and red plums. Full-bodied on the palate, with medium-to-high acidity, medium sweet tannins and red fruit flavors. The middle palate is solid and the finish is long, albeit a bit tart. This wine is quite enjoyable now, but it screams for food. It has the structure to further improve with time in the cellar. Drink 1/14-12/25.
WOW! This was a pleasent experience I started decanting it for 7 hours and drank it over the following 5 hours, it really started to open up after the 10 hour mark. The nose kept comming at me with different notes as it evolved. I noticed that the color is alot darker than what im used to see in a Nebbiolo. Nose was very complex with notes of mint,chocolate,blackcurrant,herbs,earth,pipe tobacco and plums, and a beautifull medicinal play to it, just kept on evolving during the whole time. Great mouthfeel with a long savoury finish that lingers on. Nice dry tannins and a little acid lovely! Notes of pomegranate,radish,herbs,mocca,sweet licorice and coughdrops,iron and minerals beautifull well structured wine.
This will be stunning in 5-10 years time, but its also surprisingly approchable for such a young Barolo if you open one at this time give it 10-12 hours of decant. . . 93-94 pts
My notes on my last bottle opened in April 2010 said to wait 3-4 years. I am terrible at waiting and should have. A real solid wine where the best glass right now was the last one. Needs time to unfurl a bit. Have one bottle left and will do my best to wait to 2013-2014 to cork.
Perfumed with cocoa powder and floral herbs and red fruit on the nose. Strawberry and redcurrant with deep plum notes in the mouth, nice finish. Lots of very fine tannins. An elegant, lithe wine with loads of enjoyment and interesting character.
Garnet-black; roses, kirsch liquor, leather; dried cherry, prune, slightly astringent, medium body, citrusy acidity, firm structure, hard tannins, lingering finish. Decanted 3 hrs, still tight. Floral perfume really opened up in the glass and palate over dinner, tannins and acidity were hard however. Enjoyed this but wasn't 'wowed', needs 5+ yrs. 89 pts now with another pt based on potential.
Decanted for 1 hour. Nice scents emanating from decanter immediately. Little darker than most Baroli and rather heavy on palate as well. But a very nice drink paired with oxtail ragu and bottle disappeared rather quickly and improved until the end. Fun to watch this wine evolve for next 10 years.
Bright red color, with a whiff of funk on the nose initially, along with bright floral and licorice notes framing focused dark berry aromas. There's also a distinct sandalwood note. In the mouth, racy and very pleasant, with big structure lurking around every corner. The fruit is cool and pronounced, with the floral notes battling copious acidity and tannins. A really nice wine but in need of some serious bottle age. A-
Monsterously tannic, lots of everything. Too young, I'd put it back in the bottle if I could work out how. I think this has great, almost Aussie style potential. Can't class it as outstanding because it feels too big and right now it is hard to tell how well balanced it is, everything is powerful. However, I expect some great things from this wine.
Wow! Amazingly accessible now - a surprise. Wonderful strawberry flavors with an espresso undertone. Long, long finish. This will be even more amazing in three years, but it will be hard to wait that long - it is that good now. Even my wife, who normally doesn't care for Barolos, loved this wine from the first sip.
Initally closed, then openned up in 15 minutes, even more in 30 minutes. At that point, the wine very good; lovely fruit. But then it closed right down again. Subsequent decanting (4 hours) did not help. So this wine will be a 95 some day, but it is a 90 now. It needs another 5 years.
Decanted for three hours. Raisiny and prunes on the nose. Palate composed of unexpected salty elements and more dried darker fruit, with moderate tannins that did not overwhelm. Did not get coffee/chocolate/tar elements that were expected.
Hey, I love a good Barolo as much as the next guy, but I don't understand the 93 and 94 ratings. This was very good but simple, without the deep coffee and chocolate complexity and finish of a great Barolo. Tannins need more time to mellow and get caramel-y, but this is a very decent, good value today.
I'm stunned by a couple of things. First, the dramatic difference of opinion on this wine. Some find it heavy, some light. Some find it approachable, others find it tannic. All this has me wondering a bit about bottle variation.
For me, the second stunner is how approachable this is, even immediately after the "pop". Very new world in style. As another reviewer mentioned, there are some similarities to a Rhone, or even a Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel. Very rich, resinous. For me, the tannins are very much in check. My wife didn't pick this out as a Nebbiolo, and I wouldn't have either if this had been served blind. I really like this wine, but traditionalists could likely be disappointed.
Very hard right off the cork pull; decanted and ran through the Vinturi to great benefit to the wine. Substantial tar and charred wood on the nose along with dark cherry as well as some herbal notes mixed in. Palate mirrors nose; med body, med + acid, med + tannin, med/med + alc (a touch hot on finish). I'll take the Guido Porro over this one at this price point any time.
One to drink while you're waiting for your '04's to settle down. Approachable with great aromatics. Spice, dried herbs, slightly floral with dried cherry, cranberry, raspberry bush. Structure is on the leaner side with firm acidity. Overall balanced and definitely not for the long haul. Fleshes out after a bit in decanter. The '06 Langhe Nebbiolo had before this was firmer and overall more of a blockbuster. Didn't quite hold up to braised caribou shanks.
Had to try one to see what all the fuss is about. This wine is way too young to be drinking now, but I like what I see. A very expressive modern style Barolo packed with deep ruby color, and blackberry on the nose. Rich and full, but has the acidity to match and a palate stren with blackberry and tar. Very tannic at this stage, so I wouldn't recommend drinking it now. Great buy in Barolo.
A very powerfull Barolo. Burnt wood, ripe, dark fruits. A little tar and tobacco. Deep ruby colour. A very impressive wine with distinct but quite mellow tannins. Hard to belive it can develop further, but surely it will. I can't wait to follow it...
Dekantert og luftet 4 timer, servert fra 14 grader. Litt svak duft av mørke bær og vanilje i starten, men etterhvert kraftigere ettersom tempen steg. Mørk sort til fiolett fyldig farge - dette kan man ha rett i fyllepennen. Fruktig fyldig smak av bjørnebær, solbær, vanilje, sedertre og litt anis? Særdeles velintegrerte tanniner og silkemykt anslag i munnen. Fløteaktig munnfølelse og lang ettersmak. Veldig god og tilgjengelig nå, til tross for sin unge alder
We let it decant for 3 hours. Beautiful nose - chocolate, cherry and coffee predominated for us. Delicious wine and I agree with the assessment which included strawberries - to me, it really tasted like a fine seductive and romantic Italian wine. We paired it with pasta with Amatriciana Sauce (see p.133 of Rosso and Luskins "The New Basics") and this combination made our mouths SING!! Add a goat cheese spinach salad to the mix and you won't want the experience to end. This wine was beautful from start to finish.
Nez sur les fruits rouges très mûrs, boisé, vanillé, mais propre. style nouveau monde. En bouche, ce nebbiolo est très serré et possède une bonne acidité. La finale amère est un peu asséchante. A attendre...
Decanted for one hour and enjoyed over the next three.
Garnet core with rich ruby hues and a clear water rim. On the nose this Barolo is extremely floral with rose, lavender, and freshly cut violet hints surrounding a red fruit core. This medium bodied wine is dry with grape and wood tannins. The flavour is an elegant mix of balsamic covered strawberries, crushed raspberries, leather, and spiced cherries.
Of course, any strong WS review polarizes the crowd. Therefore, I'm curious. For me, this is on the lighter side of the Barolo spectrum; while deep and expressive, it is extremely aromatic and graceful. This reminds me of Chiarlo's Cerequio in its elegance (not to romanticize it, but rather to place it).
My limited view of the 2005's says they drink well young while the '04s have been very tight. This is an accessible and delicious wine and as I struggle to find Barolo/Barbaresco values, I am very happy about this wine with an impressive QPR that is good now and will cellar for a half dozen years from now.
My second bottle and I tend to agree on the comments about bottle variation. Picked up many of the same flavours as previous but this bottle was much more focused and balanced than the first one. Still not a 96-pointer but very delicious and I really enjoyed this one with plain pasta meat/tomato sauce! I hope the rest of my bottle will show the same way!
Vi drakk denne sammen med en 2004 fra samme produsent. Begge viner ble dekantert 4 timer før servering og holdt 16 grader. Jeg visste fra før at 2004 er en flott Barolo, og var minst like god nå som sist.2005 er en enda bedre vin. Mer struktur, mer frukt, mer av alt. Det smaker mørke bær, liltt tjære/kreosot aroma, deilige, tydelige tanniner som sikkert blir mykere med tiden. En flott vin nå, og kanskje enda bedre om 4-5 år?
Very surprised when I opened this, as it was a richer, softer wine than I expected. The tannins are extremely soft, and there's a soft mouthfeel to this. I can't imagine fans of classical styled Barolo are going to be to enamored of this wine. That said, it it pretty damn delicious. I've got to knock it down a peg or two for losing it's Baroloness, as I would be a little shocked if planning a meal for this. It's actually quite seductive, and there's some nice depth to this as well. Gotta give this a high score for being so good, but it is a bit of a head scratcher. I haven't tried many '05's yet. Perhaps the vintage is more accessible?
Triple decanted for three hours. What a nose! Strawberry jam, pipe tobacco, rose petals and rhubarb. Very pleasing. The palate is all strawberry with coffee and has a wonderful concentration to it. Very long in the mouth. This is a sexy Barolo and the velvety tannins are still persistent. There is no real hint of vanilla and the harmony is there. This is still a little shut down, and could use a few more years to really come together. i would not even think of having this without a proper decant and plenty of time. A friend of mine, who's palate I deeply respect, gave this a 91 and was not as enamored with the Ratti. I am, however, smitten with this fine Barolo and see many, many years of pleasure ahead. This is traditional Barolo with a little more of a voluptuous quality to it. Glad that I have two more bottles and will ignore their call. Drink 2015 - .
There is clearly something wrong here: I have tasted a second bottle with and without food and my opinion has not changed. So how can this be I wonder? Did JS from the Wine Spectator taste the same wine? Did the winemakers send out a batch of great wine and then follow it up with a different wine under the same labeling? It's hard to figure out exactly whats up here, but I have never in 15+ years of tasting wine encountered such a discrepancy.
6 bottles purchesed. afraid of users' reports. opened last night 2 bottles. the first one really normal bottle. not structured, thin and fast in mouth. 86. the second one instead, a huge and massive wine. full-bodied, with an intrigant spicy nose. Rich and opulent with smoothed tannins. i don't know if 96, i would say 94 now. the first bottle is on the death path, the second one must be kept for years and years. hope to still have 4 2nd kind bottle in my box. 94-
Kirsch royal, dark chocolate, rose petals and vanilla/ oak on the nose. Quite fruit forward - mainly cherries and blueberries, good structure but not too complex. Medium spicy and sour finish with solid tannins. Very modern style barolo (almost rhone-like) and surprisingly accessable at this point. Will proberly benefit from a few more years in the cellar but I don't think this will be a sleeper. Certainly an enjoyable wine but in my book not even close to being or becoming a 96-pointer!! 90+
Very overrated wine (96) by Wine Spectator reviewer JS. Nice nose, medium body, straightforward one deminsional finish. Better with food, not a stand alone wine. Have six bottles purchased from Wine Exchange in Orange Co. Ca. Will try 2nd bottle soon and amend review if nessessary. Can hardly belive that JS from the Wine Spectator could have tried the same bottle of wine.
Denne satt som ett skudd. Dekantert 2 timer før servering. Drukket fra 12 graderog oppover. Litt overraskende transparent i glasset og var litt "Barbaresco like" i fargen. Lukt av friske mørke bær og veldig fruktig. Smak av modne bær og mye annet godt jeg ikke kan sette fingeren på. Synes smaksbildet var veldig komplekst, men delikat, voksent og silkemykt. Mye mykere tanniner en forrige årgang, og 04 årgang fremstår som en hissig, nådeløs bryggesjauer sammenliknet med denne grasiøse gasellen av en vin. Eneste marginale skuffelse var den litt for korte ettersmaken.