Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Great 1989 Barolo tasted 1/2014

8. Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Riserva la Brunata (1989)

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Previously available for $275.00
OK, who brought the 99 by mistake? Seriously this could easily pass for a wine ten years its junior. Reticent on the nose with faint hints of black fruit, a touch of spice and some fine leather accents. The palate is equally closed for business reealing those same hints of black fruit along with licorice accents. While lacking flavor intensity this is improbably smooth with supple tannins, and that licorice note lingers on the finish which reveals the innate sweetness of this wine. Stubborn as all get out, this barely budges with air but the fruit does slowly begin to emerge, along with floral accents, and some freshly turned earthy aromas. The last time I had this it required a 12 hour decant to fully open up and was stupendous. I see no reason to doubt that this bottle could have been equally fine with several more hours of air. Still judging it for what it delivered this evening it’s not great. 89pts
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