Community Tasting Notes (218) Avg Score: 91.5 points

  • I opened one in 2015, 2017 and 2021 and they continue to age gracefully. I believe I can age this 3 to 5 years longer and enjoy the last bottle. It was elegant and went very well with a Filet Mignon. Each year I have had this over the last 6 I continue to believe it could continue to age.

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  • Hmm, I feel like this was opened either too early, or too late. Deep browny red. Deep dark woody nose too, palate has a glimpse of fruit, but then turns really tannic and dry... not sure, this might've been awesome in 2030, or else we opened it just before the last of its joy expired, hard to say which. If I had another bottle, I'd wait 5-10 years, with a reasonable expectation that it might have mellowed out. There does seem to be some decent material there to work with, notwithstanding what I suspect was overly aggressive winemaking. 89 but 91 on potential.

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  • Pnp. The cork was soaked more than half way up. Good plum color with modest bricking. Aromatically pleasing with tar, cigar wrapper, tarragon, dried flowers, and dried cherry. The first glass the tannins were very dry, and inhibited the palate experience. The second glass was more balanced though the tannins remain very dry. In the mid palate this leans to dried herbs, dried cherry, and tobacco. A reasonable finish with a tobacco predominant character. A decent Barolo but nothing special.

    Opened a 2005 Cascina Adelaide Fossati the night after opening the Marcenasco and I found that a superior tasting experience to this bottle.

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  • Opened this right after the previous one was corked. The cork was soaked about half way through which concerned me, but this one was spot on. Little bitter at first, but after a little time, this opened up nicely. Plum, cherries, tar and some cigar box. Soft and delicate but still has some grip in the tannin left. I would imagine this is at peak and should stay there for a year or two. Lovely wine.

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WineAlign

  • By David Lawrason
    2/3/2010, (See more on WineAlign...)

    (Renato Ratti Marcenasco Barolo, Docg, Piedmont red) Login and sign up and see review text.
  • By John Szabo, MS
    1/28/2010, (See more on WineAlign...)

    (Renato Ratti Marcenasco Barolo, Docg, Piedmont red) Login and sign up and see review text.

Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    November/December 2009, IWC Issue #147, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Renato Ratti Barolo Marcenasco) Login and sign up and see review text.

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Vinous

  • By Antonio Galloni
    Piedmont Comes Of Age (Oct 2009), (See more on Vinous...)

    (Renato Ratti Barolo Marcenasco) Login and sign up and see review text.
  • By Stephen Tanzer
    November/December 2007, IWC Issue #135, (See more on Vinous...)

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Garagiste

  • By Jon Rimmerman
    7/10/2009, (See more on Garagiste...)

    (RATTI Barolo MARCENASCO) Barolo Dear Friends, 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" Thank you, Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA Italy4762

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