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Renato Ratti is one of the great names of Barolo - consistently featuring in lists of Italy's best wines  - and this single vineyard Barolo is one of his best!

The 2011 vintage was slightly overshadowed by the hype over 2010 - which is brilliant for consumers as the 2011s are excellent yet often overlooked, resulting in lower prices.

Renato Ratti really pulled out all the stops in 2011 making some of the finest wines of the vintage, amongst them, this Barolo Conca.

Family-owned and run, the Ratti family have a long history of making great Barolo from selected single vineyards which give exceptionally fine grapes.

The Conca vineyard creates superb Barolo that combines rich ripe fruit with typical nebbiolo flavours and aromas and offers all the perfume and finesse that is typical of the best of La Morra's vineyards.

About the wine

A brilliant ruby red in the glass, the aromas are a touch reticent to begin with, but with some air and swirling they really begin to open up and wave after wave of beguiling scents rise from the glass  - dark fruit, liquorice, mint, floral hints, smoke and spice all merge together seductively. More ripe, dark fruit washes across the palate with rich concentration and serious intensity. There are a lot of soft, fine tannins although they are slightly masked by the opulent fruit. The finish is spicy and extremely long. This is an excellent Barolo that is very dififcult not to drink immediately - although there will be pleasure further down the line as well. Great stuff!

To make the wine, the grapes were hand-harvested before being destemmed and crushed. They underwent controlled fermentation at a temperature of 30°C (85°F) using only native yeasts and spent two years in French oak barriques and barrels of 25h before being bottled and eventually released.

Winemaker: Pietro Ratti 
Appellation: Barolo DOCG

Accolades:
- 93pts, Vinous
- 93pts, Wine Spectator
- 92+pts, Robert Parker Wine Advocate
- 4.4/5 Stars, Vivino Rating

Grapes: Nebbiolo
Vineyard: Conca vineyard
Cooperage: 2 years in French oak
ABV: 14%
Drink: 2018-2035

About the winery

Renato Ratti was a pioneer of modern Barolo. Unusually for the time he was from a non-wine background and only attended Alba's enological school as post-war conditions made it to diffcult for him to enter university. As such, he was refreshingly free of family ties and tradition and was able to bring a forward-thinking outlook to the region

Renato first found a 13th century abbey in an undeveloped area. "He thought, if the monks built the abbey, it must be a nice spot," He bought the one hectare Marcenasco vineyard below the abbey from an old man who lived next door, and rented the abbey from the village of Annunziata to use as his winery. Once established, his first innovation was to make a single-vineyard Barolo. Previously all Barolos had been blended. 

Fast forward two decades to the mid-1970s, and he had started creating the first comprehensive maps of the great Barolo vineyards. By the mid 1980s, Renato Ratti, the upstart without tradition, had become head of the Barolo Association and was one of the most respected producers in the region. His son Pietro turned 20 in 1988 and assumed he still had time to spend learning from his father. Sadly, he didn't. Renato died and, with no other family members ready to take over, Pietro was suddenly in charge. 

"The good thing is, when you start young, it takes time, but you get experience," he says. "The only problem is, making wine and growing grapes is something where you need to be patient. When you're young, it's difficult to be patient."

About the vineyard

The small Conca vineyard (6900 mq) is situated in the hollow of the Abbey of Annunziata (our Lady of the Annunciation). It's one of the oldest sub zones of the entire Barolo District, an area that had been planted with vines by Benedictine Monks as far back as the XII century.

The soil and and the vineyard's particular microclimate give the wines excellent concentration, power and long life.

About the winemaker

Pietro Ratti turned 20 in 1988 and suddenly found himself in charge of an estate that was already famous - he had to learn quickly, although, having grown up in the vineyards, he was already familiar with many of the processes. He took time to learn from this around him and also kept up to date with the latest techniques.  

Pietro does some interesting things in the winery. He uses horizontal "roto tanks" with paddles inside to gently break up the cap of skins that form on the surface. They look more like big wine barrels resting on their side than fermentation tanks. He also has an eye on ancient practices. The grapes are picked by hand with cotton gloves so as to not touch the skins, because the winery tries to use only natural yeast. He is not biodynamic, but he bottles only on the full moon, and tries to avoid using any chemicals in the vineyard.

 

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95 points
"The 2011 Conca Vineyard Barolo from Renato Ratti is an absolutely seductive expression of Nebbiolo, bursting with gorgeous aromas of ripe berries and cherries followed by sweet spices, smoke, mint, fresh spring floral and a touch of toasted notes, which soar from the glass. It possesses remarkable depth, structure as well as beautifully polished as it makes a seamless transition into the long chewy finish. Overall, this is a extremely compelling effort from Pietro Ratti, and will have a long future ahead."

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93 Points - Antonio Galloni
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Once again, the Barolo Conca is voluptuous in 2011. A big, explosive wine, the 2011 races across the palate with tons of black fruit. Smoke, leather, mocha and dark spices all add complexity as this large-scaled, opulent Barolo shows off its personality and resonance. The level of richness here is nearly off the charts. In 2011 the Conca is a super-intense Barolo that takes hold of the senses and never lets up. It will be interesting to see if further time in bottle brings about a little more finesse."

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93 Points - Wine Spectator
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Tar and earth notes take center stage in this harmonious red, with cherry and plum fruit lingering in the background. Rich and ripe, but also dense, with a dusty feel to the tannins on the finish."

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92+ Points - Monica Larner
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The 2011 Barolo Conca was previously labeled as Barolo Marcenasco Conca. These two vineyard sites have now been relegated to their respective bottles. This is a lovely wine that exudes bold tones of spice, dark fruit and oozing chocolate. It is characterized by thick lines and a chunky consistency that works well within the context of this soft vintage. Overall, it is fleshy and thick with a great sense of momentum and muscle."

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"Superb single vineyard from Renato Ratti. Roses, plum , blackcurrant. Tar. Concentrated, super tamnic. Young. A great future ahead."  4.5/5 Stars

"Very modern style, approachable now and ready to drink. Great perfumes cherries, pavement, roses and violets. Great extraction and concentration without the massive tannins"  4.5/5 Stars

"Confirms my decision to make Nebbiolo my favorite grape. Beautifully balanced spectrum of vibrant fruit and rich tannins."  4.5/5 Stars

"Another great Barolo from Renato. Beautiful from the the single wine yard Conca."  4.5/5 Stars

 

 

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