Respected by his peers and wine-drinkers around the world, Renato Ratti was described as the “Great innovator of Barolo”. Buying his first vineyard in 1965 in the Marcenasco area, under the ancient Abbey of L’Annunziata at La Morra, he delivered energy to a region that was at the time, stagnant. In the 60’s Barolo was a wine that not only asked for time to age before being opened, it demanded it! To counter Nebbiolo’s natural tannic structure, Renato shortened fermentation and maceration times, and reduced ageing in barrel down to 2 years. He would also create his first single vineyard “cru”: Marcenasco Barolo. Joined by his nephew Massimo Martinelli in 1969, Renato would clarify his approach until his untimely death in 1988. Succeeded by his son Pietro, the estate would continue to be a benchmark for the region.
Accolades – #27 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2019 and #30 Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Wines of 2019
“A deep well of macerated cherry, plum, freshly cut grass, white pepper and tar flavors highlights this dense, muscular red. Quickly goes from enticing to closed down as the beefy tannins ply the finish. All the components are there. Best from 2022 through 2043.” 95 Points, Wine Spectator
“This is a beautifully fully and generous expression from a vineyard that has historically been farmed by the Ratti family of La Morra. The Marcenasco cru is located directly under the winery, and although it is not in the official list of MGA crus, the vineyard name is registered to this winery. In the 2015 Barolo Marcenasco, you get the full fruit and dark berry nuances of the vintage with pretty softness and approachable, supple tannins. This wine celebrated its 50th anniversary (1965-2015) with this vintage.” 92 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate