Renato Ratti Nebbiolo Langhe DOC Ochetti is a red wine made from Nebbiolo grapes sourced from the Langhe region, a hilly area to the south and east of the river Tanaro in the province of Cuneo in Piedmont, northern Italy. The Langhe encompasses many famous vineyard areas including Barbera d’Alba, Barolo, Barbaresco and Dolcetto d’Alba.
Renato Ratti, the founder of this excellent Piedemontese winery, bought his first vineyard, a small plot in Barolo in the historical zone of Marcenasco, in 1965. He was the first producer to make a single vintage Barolo, previous to this Barolo would have been blended from various vineyard sites. He was joined by his nephew, oenologist Massimo Martinelli, in 1965 and he company expanded buying many more vineyards in the Piedmont region. 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 vineyards are located on the hillsides of the Langhe, Roero and Monferrat regions.
The grapes for the Renato Ratti Nebbiolo Langhe DOC Ochetti are harvested at the end of September and beginning of October. The grapes are destemmed and crushed followed by a thermo-controlled fermentation at a temperature of 30°C. The grapes have a maceration period of 7 days. Malolactic fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats in November and the wine is then aged for about 1 year in oak barrels prior to release.
The label for the Renato Ratti Nebbiolo Langhe DOC Ochetti features an Italian soldier in a blue uniform from 1795 and commemorates the deeds of the Piedmontese regiments in the defence of the Langhe.