Syrah/Malvasia Nera. A big, richly flavoured, deeply concentrated and densely textured red showing jammy fruit and plenty of spice. Smoothly rounded, it finishes with jammy sweetness.
Shows robust cherry and spicy character with a light whiff of green herb. Full-flavoured bitter cherry and red plum emerge on the palate with brisk acidity and firm tannic grip. Smoother spicy chocolate notes kick in on the finish. Better with 2 to 3 years additional aging.
Bitter cherry and dark plum scents with a touch of almond shift to luscious, gulpable dark plum with appetizingly sour bite on the palate. Has just enough tannic grip and a lingering almond note on the finish.
This is an apassimento of Merlot and Corvina grapes, left to dry for 1 month into wooden trays before wine from the just-fermented grapes is added, kicking off a secondary ferment that lasts 1 month in stainless steel. The wine is then matured in oak tonneaux (2nd use) for 3 months before the wines are blended and MLF occurs. Soft, pretty raspberry and cherry, blackberry gummies, pink peppercorn spice on a velvet palate. Low tannins, moderate acidity, gentle spicing, like a hug. Fitting for a wine called Romeo and Juliet, and reflected in the label: a photo taken by Giò Martorana (winner of the UNESCO Prize for Photography), which portrays the daily messages left by lovers on the walls of the famous courtyard of Romeo and Juliet in Verona.
Dense purple-ruby in colour with lifted nose of spicy plums and raisins; full-bodied and rich, sweetish plum, fig and dark chocolate flavours. A well-balanced wine.
Sagrantino is a highly tannic grape, and this one needs another 5 years at least. Dense purple in colour with a tawny note at the rim; spicy, blackberry, vanilla oak and bitter chocolate nose; full-bodied, dry, savoury-herbal black fruit flavours that finish on firm tannins.
Cured meats, smoked branch, dark cherry and peppery notes throughout this youthful and approachable Barbera from Asti. Renato Ratti also bottles a Battaglioni DOC from Alba, which would be fun to taste alongside (for geeks like me). This is a plush and round black-fruited wine, destemmed and crushed, with soft tannins, cranberry brightness and primary black fruit, coming from time in stainless before 1 year in older oak barrel. A medicinal-cherry line carries throughout. Ready to drink now with grilled ribs or wild mushroom-laden braised chicken thighs.