“There are three characterising factors in the outcome of a great wine: the vine, the climate and the soil; one factor however is determinant: man. The connections between climate, soil and vine are truly complex; when by a combination of hard work and serendipity, they reach a perfect balance we are blessed with wines of incomparable quality.” – Renato Ratti, 1971.
In 1965, Renato Ratti purchased his first vineyards based around the famous area of Barolo in Piedmont. Innovative to the last, Renato was a true pioneer. He was one of the first people to draw up a classification of terrior or “Cru” system for Barolo, which is still in use today. We have Renato Ratti to thank for the “Crus” of Cannubi, La Morra and Rocche, among others.
This Nebbiolo from the Langhe falls into the modest range of affordable and accessible wines of Piedmont. Ratti’s range is uniquely categorized by a distinctive 18th century military soldier on each bottle. This is Renato’s hommage to the heroic efforts of the Piedmontese army during the Napoleonic wars. The battalion was led by Archduke Karl who, on numerous occassions, was victorious against Napoleon. Often forgotten by history, Renato has remembered him in the best way he can, honoured by wine.
Nebbiolo is often considered the Pinot Noir of Italy; fickle, stubborn but hugely rewarding when all conditions are right. This has good structure and integrity with a medium to full body, silky firm tannins, luscious red fruit and just a touch of earthy meatiness. Ideal with game, sticky ribs or traditional truffle linguine.
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