A 1971 Renato Ratti Barolo ‘Marcenasco’ initially smelt of smoked meats. It breathed up to show some fresh rose, black earth, sweet cedar, spruce, curry leaf, ginger and menthol notes. It still had decent structure in the mouth and went quite truffley in the glass as it took on air.
Far sounder bottle than the one tasted three years earlier. Kept expanding in glass and decanter, gaining weight and depth. Outlasted and outclassed younger Baroli on the table. More red berry and leather than tar and roses.
The nose showed dusty potpourri, charcoal, beef stock and slightly faded dried red fruits. On the palate, I found strawberry and cedar, but with time this wine opened further to reveal tobacco and darker, sweeter red fruit with a bright, round mouth-feel. The finish was subtle, but elegant, and left me wanting more.
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