Visits in Piedmont Part 2

Additional Producer Profiles for Wines Tasted this Past May

Giuseppe Rinaldi

One of the most traditional producer in all of Piedmont, and practicing organic to boot, these are wines that combine the power and elegance of Barolo in a fairly fruity style. In some ways these are some of the greatest tradional versions of Barolo, seeing as both wines are in fact blends and not crus. Recent changes in labelling laws might change things on that front but having tasted the 2010 Brunate from cask I have to admit that I would love to have that single vineyard wine in my cellar. In magnums please. These are wines that have their funky moments but a little bit of time, and faith seems to have worked wonders for me. Truly great wines that really must be tried and don't shy away from lesser vintages, they are often spectacular.

2009 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Cannubi Ravera

Bottled in March

Big fruit on the nose has a slight blueberry cast to it along with tobacco, nettle and spice accents and some sandy soil base notes. Elegant fine and transparent in the mouth this is fairly fruity, with nice inner mouth energy but it's not nervous The lovely wild raspberry fruit on the palate is supported by very ripe tannins and shows just a hint of tar on the backend with superb ripe fruit tannins This is really quite fruity today. 92pts

2009 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate le Coste

Smoky on the nose with deep notes of wild berry confiture topped with soil, tobacco, and rosebud aromas.  This is dense, polished, and spicy on entry with wild berry fruit that shows a forest floor edge. Very tight today but with fabulous balance, this exhibits ripe tannins and integrated acids in a very elegantly balanced, if large scaled entry turning finer on the finish. No doubt that this needs time to knit together, but already shows excellent length, and lovely clarity on the back end, if a bit of heat on the finish. 93pts

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  • Probably you tasted Barbera 2010 Conterno Cascina Francia, because isn't possible Barolo 2010 is not in commerce until at list 2015

    Aug 18, 2013 at 2:57 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    No, it was the 2010 Barolo from botte, not from bottle.

    Aug 18, 2013 at 4:12 PM

  • Snooth User: Raphael Au
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    As always, I enjoy reading your articles on Barolo. While in Piemonte in May, I bought 6 bottles of Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste 2009. Amazing wine at a very reasonable 44 euros each ($130 in the US before taxes?!?!?)


    Nov 02, 2013 at 12:05 AM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    Thank you for your kind words. Oh boy that is a terrific buy. Just last night I enjoyed a lie-up of G Rinaldi that spanned 1956-2001. You'll have to be patient but you're in for a treat when the wine finally matures.

    Nov 02, 2013 at 1:33 PM

  • Snooth User: Raphael Au
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    I hope you are going to write about the Rinaldi experience (i'm so friggin jealous!!). What was the colour like, particularly on the earlier years?

    Nov 02, 2013 at 11:10 PM

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