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Francesco Rinaldi Barolo 2010

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"The two flagship bottlings at Francesco Rinaldi e Figli are the single cru Baroli, Brunate and Cannubio. Brunate is one of the greatest vineyards the Barolo region, lying on the border between La Morra and Barolo proper, with each village sharing the vineyard (though with the lion’s share lying within the village boundaries of La Morra). Wines from the Brunate vineyard are prized for their depth, power and brilliant balance, and the example from Francesco Rinaldi e Figli is one of the very greatest examples of Brunate made. In a great vintage it demands at least a decade to really begin to soften, and generally is not in full bloom until its twentieth birthday. The other single vineyard bottling is the Cannubio (or Cannubi as it is also known), which is made from the single greatest vineyard in the village of Barolo, as well as the most famous individual cru in the entire region. Cannubi was the first vineyard name to be famous in the Barolo region, and to this day a bottle of 1752 Cannubi is still treasured by the wine-producing family of Manzone, and is considered the oldest, extant bottle of Barolo still in existence. The vineyard is most famous for the fabulously perfumed wines that it produces, for Cannubio is not the most powerful cru in Barolo, and much like Romanée-Conti in Burgundy, it is cherished for the fabulously complex aromatics and round, suave palate impression that it provides when fully mature. This is not to say that Luciano and Paula Rinaldi’s Cannubio is a delicate wine, for it is a deep, intensely-flavored and concentrated Barolo of great pedigree and elegance- once it is fully mature. Like the Rinaldi Brunate bottling, ten years is required in top vintages, and the wine is really at its blazing best at age twenty." -Importer

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Francesco Rinaldi & Figli:
The company was founded in 1870, when our grandfather, Giovanni, left Diano d'Alba and walked to Barolo, where he had just inherited a vineyard and a house.As he was a fine wine-dresser, he was immediately conquered by the subtle charm of these hills. Some years later he was supported by the help of his sons and today the business is run by his descedants, who love this evocative little world jus like he did.
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Coconut Rice Sweet Potato Cheesecake

RiceSelect's creamy Arborio gets blended with sweet potato, coconut milk and vanilla to create this decadent cheesecake. Pairs well with Saunternes; a white dessert wine that has hints of coconut from aging in oak barrels.

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Editorial Reviews for Francesco Rinaldi Barolo

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,100
4.00 5
07/11/2014

Stemmy, smoky, and dotted with tobacco, baking chocolate, and little coffee notes over a base of beef blood and astringent red fruit, and dried citrus peels. Almost a bit soft on entry, then turning broad and juicy with lots of ripe tannins supporting nice red raspberry and cherry fruit. This is a bit chunky in the mouth with earthy, complex and nuanced flavors supported by juicy acids and tannins so well packed together they add an almost spherical impression in the mouth. Just a bit of a tough bird still though with plenty of potential. 89pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,100
3.50 5
Vintage: 1999 06/22/2009

Figgy and very spicy on the nose with nuanced tones of white pepper and tobacco. Very sweet up front then the extracted tannins dry out the palate but this has lots of life ahead. An awkward time to be opening these, try again in 2012 88pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,100
4.00 5
Vintage: 1982 09/22/2008

This offered a complete little experience with it's cool demaenor just a touch stern. Sweet herbs on the nose are joined by smoke, shoe leather and dusty earth. In the mouth the wine remains chewy and youthful with integrated tannins and bright acidity supporting the bright and rich cherry fruit that remains on the lingering finish. At peak and there for awhile. 2008-2015


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,100
3.00 5
Vintage: 1974 01/26/2009

Dusty and evolved with bookbinders glue, chocolate pound cake, rum raisin ice cream and light wrapper tobacco leaf tones, except it didn't smell quite as good as all that. It's a touch hot in the mouth and has good length and a nice succulence but not enough flesh to conceal this still rather substantial strucutreal componenets. Seaweed and herb notes contrast the sort of roast fruit that remains. Solid but uninspiring bottle. Drink em up. 86pts.

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  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    89065213,100
    4.00 5
    Vintage: 1971 09/22/2008

    with it's deep and rich, penetrating nose of limestone, menthol, hot tar, old tires, prosciutto, and black pepper. In the mouth there is great freshness to the strawberry fruit before the intense flavors of tar, earth, and dried meats come to the fore. Lots of structure here with a rich, chewy mouthfeel, Intense tannins which may outlive the fruit. Excellent today but I'm not positive there is much upside to holding this


    Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    89065213,100
    3.50 5
    Vintage: 1970 11/17/2008

    Resolved and beautifully pure with ripe red fruits, orange rind, and dried floral tones. In the mouth the bit of tannin that remained added some volume and balance though the acidity remains very assertive here. About as good as this could be, delicious if a touch simple.


    Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    89065213,100
    4.50 5
    Vintage: 1967 12/29/2008

    This opens with an assertively tarry nose yet there are interesting grace notes of truffle and rust. With time aromatic root tones emerge then a burst of expressiveness follows with lilacs, anise fronds, prune, and dried citron peel all pouring forth from the glass. The balance is quite precise here supporting a fine, sweet core of ripe fruit that has an earthy, meaty quality to it. There is a touch of obvious alcohol on the back but the juicy acidity does drive the finish. 91pts


    Member Reviews for Francesco Rinaldi Barolo

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    Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    89065213,100
    4.50 5
    07/11/2014

    Four and a half glasses


    Snooth User: winenut718
    4679145
    0.00 5
    Vintage: 1989 08/05/2008

    classic traditional barolo. roses, tar, lavender extending through the nose and palate. elegant and refined with nice, but not overwhelming weight. lovely wine.


    External Reviews for Francesco Rinaldi Barolo

    External Review
    Vintage: 2004 09/22/2010

    The 2004 Barolo Cannubbio possesses virtually the same amount of weight and density as the Brunate which is hard to believe. In fact the wine remains incredibly primary, with virtually no development. With time in the glass some fruit emerges but the... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Nebbiolo wine from Piedmont in Italy. 2004 Francesco Rinaldi Barolo Cannubbio 750ml


    External Review
    Vintage: 2004 10/15/2009

    A Nebbiolo wine from Piedmont in Italy. 2004 Francesco Rinaldi Barolo Cannubbio 750ml


    External Review
    Vintage: 1974 07/11/2007

    Francesco Rinaldi is a traditional winemaker, choosing to age his Barolos in large Slovenian casks rather than barrique. He produces delicate wines that show nuances of black cherry, licorice, and tobacco. This 1974 is beautifully aged and ready to drink.


    External Review
    Vintage: 1964 07/31/2008

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    "The two flagship bottlings at Francesco Rinaldi e Figli are the single cru Baroli, Brunate and Cannubio. Brunate is one of the greatest vineyards the Barolo region, lying on the border between La Morra and Barolo proper, with each village sharing the vineyard (though with the lion’s share lying within the village boundaries of La Morra). Wines from the Brunate vineyard are prized for their depth, power and brilliant balance, and the example from Francesco Rinaldi e Figli is one of the very greatest examples of Brunate made. In a great vintage it demands at least a decade to really begin to soften, and generally is not in full bloom until its twentieth birthday. The other single vineyard bottling is the Cannubio (or Cannubi as it is also known), which is made from the single greatest vineyard in the village of Barolo, as well as the most famous individual cru in the entire region. Cannubi was the first vineyard name to be famous in the Barolo region, and to this day a bottle of 1752 Cannubi is still treasured by the wine-producing family of Manzone, and is considered the oldest, extant bottle of Barolo still in existence. The vineyard is most famous for the fabulously perfumed wines that it produces, for Cannubio is not the most powerful cru in Barolo, and much like Romanée-Conti in Burgundy, it is cherished for the fabulously complex aromatics and round, suave palate impression that it provides when fully mature. This is not to say that Luciano and Paula Rinaldi’s Cannubio is a delicate wine, for it is a deep, intensely-flavored and concentrated Barolo of great pedigree and elegance- once it is fully mature. Like the Rinaldi Brunate bottling, ten years is required in top vintages, and the wine is really at its blazing best at age twenty." -Importer

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