Renato Ratti Rocche Barolo 2006

Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy

Item No. 107973
  • red wine
  • boutique wine
  • collectible wine
  • RP94
  • WS94
  • ST93
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

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

The vineyard of Rocche dell'Annunziata is historically considered the most important of the "Marcenasco" sub zone. Barolo Rocche is characterized by supreme elegance and a fine bouquet of rose and licorice.

Its color is garnet red. A delicate and persistent bouquet with traces of licorice and tobacco. Full flavored, warm and moderately tannic. An elegant and well-balanced wine.

A great wine for important dishes, red meats on the spit or grilled, game, "grande cuisine" white and red meat dishes and aged cheeses.

Critical Acclaim

"This rich red delivers iron, medicinal herbs and plum flavors accented by raw meat notes. A steel structure of tannins lets you know that patience is required. Fine length, with a mineral aftertaste. Distinctive and muscular. Best from 2015 through 2035. 100 cases imported. "
94 Points

"The 2006 Barolo Rocche is the most nuanced of these wines. Sweet, floral aromatics lead to a richly textured core of fruit that is supported by well-balanced French oak. This is a lighter, more refined style than the Conca, but the wine possesses an extra degree of finesse and elegance. The silky tannins for which this vineyard is so famous are in full evidence. Ratti gave the Rocche a year in French oak followed by a second year in larger Slovenian oak casks. Ratti’s 2006 Rocche is an exceptional Barolo in this vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031."
94 Points

"Good medium red. Deep, complex aromas and flavors of blackberry, mocha and minerals, with a suggestion of almost liqueur-like ripeness leavened by a distinctly sappy quality. Broad and sweet but with excellent underlying structure. As youthfully backward as this is, it's pliant from the outset. Finishes with broad, sweet tannins and lovely persistence. Ratti notes that the crop level here was in the range of just 30 hectoliters per hectare: he told me he cut off virtually half of the clusters in the second half of August. These 2006s weigh in at about 14.5% alcohol. 93(+?) points."
93 Points

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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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Learn About Piedmont

(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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Learn About Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo(neh-bee-OH-low) The King of Piedmont Nebbiolo is the key grape in the wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. It is not the most planted variety, but it does make the most distinctive and age-worthy wines. Native to Piedmont, Nebbiolo is a bit of a soil snob - it's finicky about where it grows and has long been the honored red grape of Northern Italy...

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