Renato Ratti Marcenasco Barolo 2006
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: 14.0%
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 2005 vintage of this wine was ranked #7 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2009
Noble and generous, glory of old Piedmont, a wine suitable for long aging, Barolo is
the absolute master of the table. It conquers the palate with the conviction of
strength, harmony and fullness and holds its sway at length. Barolo Marcenasco has
ancient origins. There are historical documents from the "Rigestum Comunis Albe" that bear witness to the cultivation of the Nebbiolo vine in the "Marcenascum" area
already back in the 12th Century. Barolo Marcenasco is smooth, balanced, elegant
and faithfully reflects the typical characteristics of the La Morra sub zone.
Tasting note: The color is an intense garnet red,with bouquet with traces of licorice and
tobacco. Full flavored, full-bodied and elegant.
Food matches: Red meats on the spit or grilled, game, "grande cuisine" white and
red meat dishes and aged cheeses.
"This is an untamed beast, showing more wild herb, raw beef and forest underbrush elements along with its black cherry and raspberry fruit. Distinctive and harmonious, though requires time to absorb its tannins. Best from 2015 through 2035. 1,900 cases imported."
"#1 in the Top 100 Wines of 2010!
Dark in color with a modern style and velvety extraction, teh gorgeous Marcenasco expression of Barolo is redolent of blackberries, cherries, spice, leather and tobacco. The finish is long and elegant but not without power and determination. Keep this wine cellared for ten years plus."
"Good full, dark red. Deep, ripe, highly aromatic nose combines black raspberry, currant, tar and licorice. Big, rich and sweet but with firm balancing acidity: lots of wine here in spite of being a bit youthfully closed today. Finishes with big, broad but suave tannins that build impressively as the wine opens in the glass. This large-scaled vintage required a later bottling, noted Ratti, who initially found the tannins to be too hard and wanted to wait for a better balance. He bottled these at the end of August, compared to the spring of 2008 for his 2005s."
International Wine Cellar
"Ratti's 2006 Barolo Marcenasco is a pretty wine loaded with La Morra character. Sweet red cherries, tar, licorice, spices, herbs and French oak are some of the nuances that come together in this lithe, feminine Barolo. Deceptively medium in body, the Marcenasco shows lovely palate presence that leads to a vibrant, well-articulated finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024."
The Wine Advocate
Earthy & Spicy
It has a nice, but short finish with good legs. Definitely recommend to be paired with food.
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