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.
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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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