Renato Ratti Conca Barolo 2005
Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
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%.
The color is garnet red. A delicate and persistent bouquet with traces of licorice, mint and Lebanese cedar pine. Full flavored, warm and agreeable tannins.
A great wine for important dishes, red meats on the spit or grilled, game, "grande cuisine" white and red meat dishes and aged cheeses.
"Intense aromas of dried flowers and berries. Concentrated and full, with ripe fruit and supervelvety tannins. Long and gorgeous. Best after 2013. 575 cases made."
"The 2005 Barolo Conca is a deeply layered, regal wine imbued with tons of elegance and class. Here the fruit tends towards a darker shade of red fruit and the tannins are also a touch firmer than the Marcenasco. The oak is beautifully balanced in this vintage. Sweet menthol, spices and French oak linger on the understated finish. This is a terrific effort from Ratti. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022.
The Wine Advocate
"Conca shares the extraordinary intensity demonstrated by Ratti’s Rocche cru, but is also distinguished by a delicate, more feminine side. The wine is beautifully stretched over fine aromas of exotic spice, white chocolate, dried flowers and blackberries. It ends with power and determination but does so in a charming, less overt manner."
"Good full red. Tighter aromas of redcurrant, tobacco, menthol, minerals, eucalyptus and mocha suggest a more powerful wine. Then richer but more tannic in the mouth, with less easy sweetness and obvious fruit showing today than in the basic Marcenasco. More texture and power here, along with a distinct balsamic quality. The dusty tannins build on the resounding finish. Give this a couple years in the cellar before pulling the cork. Conca, which features blue clay soil at the warmer bottom of a south-facing hill, was Pietro's father's original vineyard back in 1965, and was replanted in 1994."
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