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FALL 2018

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| 87 MORRELL FINE WINE AND SPIRITS V ISIT u S AT MORRELLWINE .c OM cALL 800.96.WINES (800.969.4637) ITA l Y : P I e D mo NT Hi STORY i N a B OTTL e B efore the modernist movement that took place in the '80s and '90s, there was another movement that is hardly ever spoken of these days. Why? Because, just as the lines have blurred between the traditional and modern camps of today, so did they in the '60s and '70s. By the time that the modernist arrived, a progressive man named Renato Ratti had already changed what many people thought Barolo could or should be. In the vineyards, he talked of soil, exposure, and demarcated the best sites. Renato's effect in the cellars was even more drastic, as he examined vinification, maturation and barrel refinement. It's because of this that the name Renato Ratti is spoken with as much respect as it is to this day. Today, Renato's son, Pietro, carries on his father's legacy with the production of their highly-acclaimed single-vineyard Barolo m arcenasco, the flagship of the Ratti portfolio. The Barolo m arcenasco is endowed with the richness and fruit intensity of the 2013 vintage, while also displaying the structure to age for decades. It's a piece of history in a bottle. ✦ Renato Ratti Barolo Marcenasco 2013 W a 93 » $54 "... Shows a great deal of sharpness and precision...more bottle aging will do the wine wonders." Monica Larner (1503375) a C L a SS i C i N TH e Ma K i NG i n 1998, brothers Alessandro and Gian Natale decided to take the experience Alessandro gained while working for Bartolo m ascarello, together with their family vineyards in m onforte, and create a winery of their own. The only thing that slowed their rise in popularity was a time period when their importer insisted on the use of small French barrels in the aging process. This confused consumers, creating two remarkably different versions of each of their wines in the market. That time is firmly over, and the result is that Barolo lovers are being turned on to the wonderfully traditional stylings of A&G Natale Fantino. Today Alessandro and Gian tend some of the oldest vines in all of Barolo, located among their eight hectares (the Dardi cru) within the greater Bussia vineyard. Planted in 1946, the old vines of Dardi enjoy a perfect south-to-southeastern exposure, and they produce a Barolo Riserva of depth and epic structure, with the ability to mature for decades in the cellar. ✦ a &G Natale Fantino Barolo Riserva Cascina d ardi 2010 VM 95 » $62 "A big, dark wine, 2010 Barolo Riserva Cascina Dardi is dense, powerful and structured..." Antonio Galloni (1528084)

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