2011 Renato Ratti Barolo Marcenasco
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $39.94 (reg. $48.94)
"The Ratti family has done a terrific job with its well-priced 2011 Barolo Marcenasco." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A single vineyard Barolo for under 40 bucks? Renato Ratti’s Marcenasco is a pretty outrageous value in this day and age, particularly since this is one of the original single-vineyard Baroli, first released in 1965! Current generation Pietro Ratti is doing a wonderful job and since 2005 the critics have (finally) taken notice, with his 2005 Marcenasco breaking into Wine Spectator’s Top 10, and his 2006 named Wine of the year by Wine Enthusiast! Today, Renato Ratti is “one of the most consistent” producers in La Morra (Wine Advocate) and manages to offer surprising value given the history behind the estate.
Renato Ratti was one of the most historic figures in Barolo. Credited with reshaping how the region made and sold Barolo, Ratti was a modernist before being a modernist was such a bad thing! After passing away in the 1980s, the estate saw a bit of decline from its heyday, but his son Pietro has been “determined to bring the Ratti name back” (Wine Advocate) and by all accounts he has succeeded.
Today, the Barolo Marcenasco remains an icon of single vineyard Baroli, and we are able to bring it to you for only $39.94, the lowest price around, making this an easy case buy for those who like to enjoy Barolo any night of the week! The 2011 Baroli are “voluptuous, racy wines” (Vinous) and this legendary La Morra cru is drinking beautifully today, but will develop over the next decade or more.