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Barolo Rocche Renato Ratti 2004

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The Wine

This is a wonderful Barolo. Classic and sophisticated, it has many many years left in it. 

Beautiful sweet dark cherry will give way to a hint of oak, some darker fruits and wonderful sweet spices.

This will go fantastically well with all sorts of big meat and game dishes as well as aged cheeses.

The Region

Barolo is based in the Piemonte region of north-west Italy. It is the most powerful, dynamic and age-worthy expression of the Nebbiolo grape. 

As a DOCG there are certain requirements in relation to the yield of grapes (56hl/ha) and ageing requirements - the wine cannot be released until it has had 38 months ageing with at lease 18 months in oak. This means it is a true wine of quality. 

The core of the region is based around the townships of Barolo, La Morra, Castiglione Falletto, Serralunga D'Alba and Monforte d'Alba. Each area can have a distinct style based on the soil type and micro-climate. Barolo and La Morra to the west have a different soil type from the other 3 areas to the east, making them generally softer, fruitier and more aromatic. The areas to the east tend to be intense and structure, requiring longer to age.

All Barolo share a colour that is not deep (think Pinot Noir), turning to garnet quite quickly. They share complex, wonderful aromas of cherry and plum, ageing to violets, liquorice, tar, white truffles and rose petals.

Food Pairing

Barolo pairs very well with all game food, especially goose as the acids of the wine combat the rich fattiness very well. 

Also, dishes containing liver, wild mushrooms or truffle. Imagine a wild mushroom risotto with a truffled cheese or truffle oil on it.

Medium cheeses, such as gran padano. Any blue cheese would be too much for a Barolo.

Critics Review

Jancis Robinson gives this 18/20:

"La Morra – most elegant. Bright crimson (still some blue). Complex, well integrated. A monopole of one hectare. Very rich start and then dances and intense – great balance. (Drink between 2013-2025)"


Decant for 4-6 hours to allow it to open up and become more aromatic. Serve at just under room temperature by storing it in a cool, dark location.

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