Renato Ratti Barolo DOCG Marcenasco

£42.50 / bottle
£484.50 / case (12+ bottles, 5% off)

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Renato Ratti Barolo DOCG Marcenasco is a single vineyard Barolo which was first released in 1965.

Renato Ratti, the founder of this excellent Piedemontese winery bought his first vineyard, a small plot of vineyards in Barolo located in the historical zone of Marcenasco, right below the Abbey of L’Annunziata at La Morra. He was the first producer to make a single vintage Barolo, previous to this Barolo would have been blended from various vineyard sites. It was here, in the ancient 14th century Abbey, that he created his first single vineyard wine – Marcenasco Barolo.

In 1969 his nephew Massimo Martinelli, who was also an oenologist, joined the company. Together, they perfected a technique for vinifying, maturing and refining their Marcenasco Barolo, with the declared aim of obtaining the elegance, subtlety and longevity worthy of Nebbiolo’s full potential. The wine was previously labeled as “Marcenasco Barolo Antiche Cantine della Abbazia dell’Annunziata”. Pietro, Renato’s son, took over the company on 1988. Pietro is a graduate of Alba’s renowned Oenological School and continues to expand and restore the family vineyards as well as building new cellars in Annunziata in 2002. Today the company’s 35 hectares of vineyards are located on the hillsides of the Langhe, Roero and Monferrat regions.

The 100% Nebbiolo grapes for the Renato Ratti Barolo DOCG Marcenasco are setemmed and crushed which is followed by a  Thermo-controlled fermentation at a temperature of 30°C with an average maceration period of 7 to 10 days. In the November after the harvest, the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in oak barrels followed by a maturation of 2 years in 25 and 50 hectolitre oak barrels.

The label pays homage to the history of Marcenasco, bearing the coat of arms of a local noble family: a black falcon against a gold backdrop with the Latin inscription “Probasti me et cogniusti me” (“You tried me, you knew me”).

Tasting Notes

Renato Ratti Barolo DOCG Marcenasco has a garnet red colour. It has a complex, floral, red fruit nose with traces of undergrowth, licorice and tobacco. Full flavoured, full-bodied yet smooth balanced and elegant. A wine that will age gracefully for many years.

Food Pairing

Drink with red meat dishes, game and mature cheeses.


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