Renato Ratti Langue Nebbiolo 'Ochetti' 2016, Barolo, Italy
92/100 - James Suckling
92/100 - Wine Spectator
91/100 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - "Here's a great value wine. The wine offers tangy and rich fruit with wild berry and red rose aromas. The primary fruit is intense and rich, much more so than your average Langhe Nebbiolo. This wine shows extreme varietal purity with good power and momentum. If you are in the mood for Nebbiolo but don't want the formality of a Barolo, this wine is a great choice. It sees one year of oak aging."
James Suckling - "Shows much more intensity of fruit than most with fruit tea, hibiscus, citrus and raspberry cheesecake, as well as a touch of cloves and vanilla. Medium body, a sturdy frame of firm tannins and a juicy finish."
Wine Spectator - "Offering a mix of bright cherry, black currant, savory mineral and wild herb aromas and flavors, this is both lively and dense. Strikes a fine balance between all the elements, ending in a resonant aftertaste. Drink now through 2025."
The Winemaker - "Class and spontaneous vivacity are the distinguishing characteristics of this wine. The typical sandy soil gives lots of finesse and a very delicate aromas. Red meats, grilled or on the spit, game, grande cuisine white and red meats with white or brown sauces."
Renato Ratti is a wine producer located in Barolo in northwestern Italy. It makes a wide range of wines from a number of Piedmont DOC and DOCG appellations, including Barolo, Dolcetto d'Alba, Barbera d'Alba, Barbera d'Asti and Monferrato.
Renato Ratti spent time in Brazil producing Vermouth and sparkling wines before returning to his home in Piedmont in 1965. He purchased his first vineyard in the La Morra area and began making wines labeled with his own name. Along with the standard Nebbiolo, Ratti also grows Barbera, Dolcetto, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc.
Renato Ratti makes three single-vineyard Barolos, from the Marcenasco, Conca and Rocche dell'Annuziata cru vineyards. These are the top offerings from the estate, and can be cellared for up to 20 years. Along with the range of classic Piedmont wines from Alba and Asti, Ratti also makes a varietal Sauvignon Blanc wine called I Cedri and a blend of Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot called Villa Pattono, both of which are labeled under the Monferrato DOC.