Francesco Rinaldi e Figli Barolo Le Brunate 2016

94 Vinous

$64.97

Description

Country: Italy

Region: Piedmont

Variety: Nebbiolo

Terroir: south to southeast exposition; 250 to 350 meters in elevation; slay and limestone soil with a little bit of sand

Winemaking: fermented in stainless steel with remontage for 25-30 days; aged in 20 and 50 HL Slavonian oak casks for three years, at least four in the bottle; Guyot training

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 was founded in 1870, when Giovanni Battista Rinaldi, the father of 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’s brother, Giuseppe Rinaldi, was the great grandfather of Carlotta and Marta Rinaldi (the sisters currently running the Giuseppe Rinaldi winery). The husband of Francesco’s sister Margherita had the last name Barale and it was they who had the famous Barale-Rinaldi estate (where the current Francesco Rinaldi winery is found). These two superb family wineries have marched down through time side by side, both upholding the unique, traditional style of Barolo that has 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.

Polaner

Vinous 94
The 2016 Barolo Brunate is captivating. Dried herbs, mint, sage, cedar, sweet pipe tobaco and gentle earthy notes give the 2016 lovely aromatic complexity. Like all of hte Rinaldi 2016s, the Brunate has a bit more early appeal than some other recent vintages. Even so, there is plenty of depth, Brunate muscle and overall structure to support a number of years of fine drinking.

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