Renato Ratti Barbera d'Asti 2009

Barbera from Piedmont, Italy

$19.99
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Item No. 113532
  • red wine
  • WS90
Style: Smooth & Supple

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.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most 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%.
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Winemaker's Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

"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."
90 Points

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Rating:
(9/20/2012)
Style: Big & Bold
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.
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Rating:
(5/6/2012)
Style: Smooth & Supple
smooth wine, great price!
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Rating:
(4/28/2012)
Style: Smooth & Supple
Best Barbera I have had in years. Excellent with Pasta
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Rating:
(9/4/2012)
Incredible value; nice & smooth
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Rating:
(3/26/2012)
Style: Smooth & Supple
6,5 no unbalanced, rich in flavor, fruity but also some earth, need to age
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Rating:
(1/30/2013)
Good, but slightly overrated and over priced.
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venkatk - Ithaca, NY (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(5/26/2013)
Perhaps 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.
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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,...

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(PEED-mont) Piedmont is located in the Northwest area of Italy, hugging the Mediterranean coast. The regional capital, Turin, is situated smack in the middle of the province. Being close to the alps, the area enjoys a high altitude, with the best vineyards benefiting from the hills and elevation. Known for its famous sub-districts, Piedmont delivers some of the most...

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(bar-BARE-uh) Versatility of Italy Barbara is one of those varieties of the old world that often appears on the label - Barbara d'Alba, Barbara d'Asti for example. Native to Piedmont, Barbara is a hardy grape that grows well in the chalky soils of the area. Though popular as a single varietal, Barbera also excels as a blending partner in both Italy and California. Notable...

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