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