Renato Ratti Barbera d'Asti 2009
Barbera from Piedmont, Italy
Intense red, with a bouquet of ripe fruit and an undercurrent of spices, such as pepper. Flavorful, pleasing and elegant with good persistence.
This is a wine suited for first courses and red meats.
Wine Spectator - "Smart Buy! Rich and succulent, sporting black cherry, blackberry and licorice flavors. This is muscular and laced with tannins, lending a slight bitterness now. But it’s full of sweet fruit, so allow a year or so. Best from 2013 through 2018. 2,500 cases imported."
Renato Ratti Winery
Located halfway up the hill dominating the principal valley of Barolo, buttressed by steep slopes lined by orderly vineyards, lies a precious jewel from the 15th century: the Abbey of Annunziata.
As the monks historically produced wine from the grapes of the surrounding hillsides, today, remembering their lessons, incomparable wines are produced.
From the 100 acres of vineyards, the Renato Ratti winery produces around 150,000 bottles from the traditional denominations of the area: Barolo, Nebbiolo d'Alba, Barbera d'Alba, Dolcetto d'Alba.
The modern and innovative philosophy of vinification introduced since the 60's by Renato Ratti, is today in the hands of his son Pietro and his nephew Massimo Martinelli. View all Renato Ratti Wines
About PiedmontView a map of Piedmont wineries (PEED-mont)
Notable FactsNot just regulated to red wine, Piedmont also produces some notable whites, particularly those near the district of Gavi and Asti. Gavi produces still white wine from the Cortese grape. The wine is dry with a crisp, citrus-like acidity – fairly neutral but pleasant. Arneis is another grape/wine made in the area, creating a fuller wine that displays some nuttiness in the aroma and taste. Asti is well known for its sparkling wine – in particular Asti Spumante and Moscato d'Asti. Asti Spumante is typically higher in alcohol, sweetness & fizziness, while its higher-class cousin, Mostcato d'Asti, contains lower alcohol levels, a few less bubbles, and a more restrained and delicate representation of Moscato fruit.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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11 ratings, 7 with reviewsvenkatk - Ithaca, NY25/8/2013Perhaps I opened it too young or perhaps I should have aerated it, but no matter how hard I tried I could not get over the bitterness. An overly tannic and acidic mouth made me cringe with every sip. Could barely make out the fruit. I tried it again after 20 minutes and it was no better. A powerful and intense experience, but not in the good way.31/30/2013Good, but slightly overrated and over priced.59/20/2012
Wonderful Barbera, a great value at this price. Particularly appreciated since my parents were born in the Asti region and we have visited relatives in the area.49/4/2012Incredible value; nice & smooth55/6/2012
- Big & Bold
smooth wine, great price!54/28/2012
- Smooth & Supple
Best Barbera I have had in years. Excellent with PastaMary R - Huntersville, NC54/13/2012richard hirsch - Denver, CO44/9/201244/4/201243/26/2012
- Smooth & Supple
6,5 no unbalanced, rich in flavor, fruity but also some earth, need to age
- Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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