Dark garnet, full bodied Lots of dark fruit (plums) off the nose coupled with hints of vanilla and oak, allspice, leather Super astringent. HIGH tannin levels, AGGRESSIVE on initial pour. Metallic back taste for the first hour.
After several hours of decanting, and a robust dinner of an orzo salad, pizza and Swedish meatballs, the wine settled down some. I still think the wine is only for food pairing right now, and is in a developmental stage. I will try another bottle in 2-3 years.
Changes a lot over the first couple of hours: from tight and dense, to super appealing and more open, to a duller place, remaining plushly tannic all the while. Very curious what this would look like with a few hours in the decanter. Ranged from 90 to 93 through the experience.
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We've had some long-winded offers this week so I will try to be as brief as possible today - I don't think this Barolo needs a great deal of explanation.
The Ratti label has languished in relative obscurity of late but no more - a forward-thinking attitude and a firmer dedication to traditional elements have given them an inspired new lease on life (with a bridge toward modernity that works just fine for them). If the current critical acclaim is any indication, Renato Ratti may have produced the value star of the year around Alba. While not the most complicated example, Barolo under $40 (with this level of adoration) comes once in a blue moon so take note:
2005 Renato Ratti Barolo "Marcenasco"
Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA Italy4762
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