Tuesday, November 15, 2011
This evening a little red wine spilled on the floor and I was able to lick up a couple of drops before it was cleaned up. I - Hoagie The Dog - have a fairly refined palate and was able to notice right away that it was a 2006 Renato Ratti Barolo Marcenasco. This is an untamed beast, showing more wild herb, raw beef and forest underbrush elements along with its black cherry and raspberry fruit. Distinctive and harmonious, it requires time to absorb. Also, it clearly has mineral, cedar and dusty earth notes that frame the ripe currant, plum and blackberry scents. Full-bodied, intense and concentrated, it gains depth and nuance on the long, potent finish. In terms of pairings, it would work nicely with pupperoni treats, milk bones, or even a ripe out-of-the-can tennis ball. Enjoy now through 2014.