RENATO RATTI

 

PIEDMONT, ITALY



 

If you love Barolo, then undoubtedly you're familiar with (and maybe even a fool for) Barolo Crus — the creation of one Renato Ratti, who, perhaps more than anyone else, shaped and defined the style of modern Barolo.
 

Robert Parker declared him "one of the most influential voices in Piedmont," whose Barolos "have long been a model for the elegant, graceful, rich, supple style of Barolo that can be drunk when released," though, he added, they are just as "marvelous" after spending some time in the cellar.
 

We’re excited to have just secured three bottlings from the great Ratti portfolio, including their 96-point 2018 'Marcenasco' Barolo DOCG. The grapes, all Nebbiolo, were sourced from various high-elevation vineyards in La Morra, where the vines average 30 years of age. After fermenting in cultured yeast in stainless steel, the wine spent 24 months in Slavonian oak
 

"Stunning," wrote Wine Enthusiast, which went on to tick off its many virtues: a "delicious palate," "smooth, silky tannins," and "fresh acidity [that] keep[s] it perfectly balanced."
 

Ratti may no longer be with us, but his philosophy lives on at his Piedmont estate, and in the handiwork of his son, Pietro Ratti. That philosophy is predicated, above all, on a deep respect for terroir — or, as the late Ratti put it, a regard for "the uniqueness of a determined subzone" — and time. 
 

These are wines that are steeped in tradition, and that exude character and soul, but that are also — as per the directive the elder Ratti set forth at the start -- eminently drinkable.
 

The two other wines we bring you are perfect illustrations of the Ratti way: consummate craftsmanship + sinuous smoothness = deep deliciousness.
 

The ‘Battiglione’ is 100% Barbera, sourced from vineyards in the Asti DOCG. Fermented in cultured yeast in stainless steel, then aged for 6 months in old French oak, it is, wrote The Wine Advocate, in a 91-point rave, a "soft and full-bodied expression that exhibits the natural sweetness of Barbera with dark berry and cherry confit ... It carries its fruit weight well, adding aromatic intensity and freshness without any residual heaviness." 
 

At a best price of under $20 a bottle, we think it's an ideal wine for stocking up on.
 

The 'Ochetti’ is just as crowd-pleasing, and nearly as good a bargain. This is 100% Nebbiolo, sourced from the Roero Vineyards, where the average age of the vines is 30 years. After fermentation in stainless steel, it spent 10 months aging in Slavonian oak. It was not filtered or fined. James Suckling singled out its gorgeous aromatics ("cherry stones, sliced almonds, candied strawberries and pistachios"), "powdery tannins" and "friendly, flavorful palate.” 
 

We're excited for you to get your hands on these, but hurry, our allocation is limited, and Barolo and Barbera remain hot, hot commodities!



 

*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Winter 2022 (Dec. 21, 2022 - Mar. 21, 2023). With the supply chain issues that we are seeing globally, there may be some unforeseen delays which could affect the ETA. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in IN, MI, NY, or TN. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Thursday, November 10, 2022.

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