2017 Renato Ratti Barolo Conca
With fruit from La Morra where this historic winery is located, the Renato Ratti 2017 Barolo Conca is balanced and quite elegant, showing no overt signs of ripeness that could be expected of this hot and dry vintage. This bottle circumnavigates those hot-vintage pitfalls with graceful coordination. Wild cherry, crushed flowers, smoke, tart and crushed flint all emerge from the bouquet. The wine shows sweet fruit, but there is an equally measured point of salinity to balance it out. If anything, the mouthfeel in 2017 is a bit drier compared to past vintages. Production is 4,000 bottles. Drink 2024 - 2038.
Monica Larner - Wine Advocate (June 2021)
Very floral with lavender, violets and dark fruit. Medium-to full-bodied with tannins that build on the palate, particularly the middle palate. Very long and intense. Transparent fruit and evident terroir here. Try after 2025.
Fragrant, elegant and brimming with youthful tension, this radiant red has enticing aromas evoking red rose, forest berry, camphor and dark spice. Loaded with finesse, the focused palate doles out juicy red cherry, pomegranate, licorice and a mineral tone alongside taut, refined tannins. Fresh acidity keeps balance and focus. Drink 2026–2036.
Kerin O'Keefe - Wine Enthusiast