2016 Francesco Rinaldi Barolo Brunate

2016 Francesco Rinaldi Barolo Brunate

94 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous
2016 Francesco Rinaldi Barolo Brunate
94 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous

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A premium single-vineyard Barolo from the Cru site known as Brunate. Vines almost forty years old grow in this historic vineyard on the border of the La Morro and Barolo communes. South/southeast exposure brings ripe fruit, and slowly thanks to the elevatioin, where sand and clay marl soils provide ideal drainage and retention. The result is a "monolithic" presence in which ripe red fruits and florals cloak an assertive, ageworthy structure. (It was a local insider who put us onto Francesco, who offers the same quality at a lesser cost than his famous cousin, Guiseppe). In Francesco's traditional hands a long maceration and 3 years in large Slovenian oak conveys the power of a Cru that is 700 years old and literally definitive of Barolo. Age this beauty!

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$110.00 in mixed 6+ or $125.00 per bottle




Its Origins

The great traditionalist estate of Francesco Rinaldi e Figli is one of the greatest names in Piemonte. Located in the town of Barolo itself, the domaine of Francesco Rinaldi has a long and illustrious history in the region. Founded in 1870, when Francesco Rinaldi inherited a vineyard and house in Barolo, inducing him to leave behind his work with the very large Mirafiore estate and set out on his own. His family at that time also had ties to the then greatest estate in the Barolo region, Barale-Rinaldi. Francesco was the cousin of Giuseppe Rinaldi, and together these two superb family wineries have marched down through time side by side, both upholding the unique, traditional style of Barolo that has also been championed by other great names in Piemonte, such as Bartolo Mascarello and Bruno Giacosa. One hundred and thirty years later, much of the same techniques are still used in the Francesco Rinaldi cellars to produce some of Barolo’s greatest wines. The current head of the family estate is the spry, nearly 90-year old Luciano Rinaldi, who took over the reigns of the family winery all the way back in 1941. Today he is ably assisted by his nieces, Paola & Piera Rinaldi, and they continue to make beautiful wines within the great traditions of Barolo, with no new oak, long macerations and long aging in large Slavonian oak botti prior to bottling. In fact, about the only thing that has changed here is that Luciano no longer crushes the grapes by foot himself, as a new press is one of the only nods to modernity in these great old cellars.

What The Critics Say

91-94/100 Vinous, Antonio Galloni

"Rinaldi's 2016 Barolo Brunate is dark and dense, with terrific mid-palate pliancy and striking inner perfume. In this vintage, the Brunate is remarkably polished, with less of the boisterous explosiveness it can tend to show, and tons of finesse for a young wine that is still in cask."

94/100 Wine Enthusiast (2014 vintage)

"Fragrant and refined, this opens with alluring scents of iris, woodland berry, clove and balsamic whiffs of eucalyptus. On the focused, racy palate, youthfully austere but extremely elegant tannins and vibrant acidity provide the backbone for crunchy cherry, crushed strawberry, licorice and white pepper." Drink 2024 - 2034

16/20 JancisRobinson.com, Walter Speller (2014 vintage)

"Barolo. Tasted blind. Mid ruby with orange tinges. Soft, subdued yet concentrated and with a touch of cherry confiture. Aromatic cherry palate with a good dose of tart acidity. Still embryonic but well balanced. (WS)" Drink 2019 - 2025

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    2020 - 2034

This Wine Goes Well With

with GAME
with LAMB



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