The Barolos of Rinaldi: Timeless Tradition in a Bottle Continues in 2016. It’s Rare Value from What Is Arguably Barolo’s Greatest Vineyard and Greatest Vintage?
“In so many ways, 2016 is all about being in the right place at the right time for Barolo…the vintage is full of truly spectacular, breathtaking wines that capture all the pedigree that Nebbiolo and Barolo are capable of...The 2016 Barolo Brunate is captivating.”
- Antonio GalloniMusigny, Chambertin, and Clos de la Rouche! To Kalon, Beckstoffer Dr. Crane, Eisele Vineyards! Cannubi, Vigna Rionda, Monprivato, and Falleto! It doesn’t end there, certainly no discussion of Barolo’s greatest vineyard sites would be complete without the discussion of Brunate. And while the single vineyard Brunate of Guiseppe Rinaldi might just be one of Barolo’s pinnacle expressions, it is a wine that can easily command $350. Well, the wine that stunned the IWM team this past week and demands attention is the overachieving Barolo Brunate from Francesco Rinaldi at just $69.99. The wine captures the classic muscle and depth that epitomizes this legendary site located on the border between La Morra and Barolo proper. For IWM, this is simply one of the great collectible values from Barolo and the vaunted vintage of 2016!
The great Barolo master, Enrico Scavino, echoed this sentiment above stating of 2016, “it's the best vintage I have ever made.” That’s a powerful statement coming from Barolo royalty! No doubt about it; all eyes are deservingly on the late-ripening 2016 vintage from the Langhe Hills. The classic year is already being compared to the epic performances set in 2010 and 2013 — and for good reason. We might add that there is more balance and generosity of fruit here and less austerity, thanks to the long growing season. The IWM team has been tasting through, and certainly, the greatness of the 2016 vintage is brilliantly captured with the 2016 Francesco Rinaldi Barolo Brunate. After a two hour decant, it simply had the whole IWM team nodding in agreement – “…that’s a great Barolo.” As you may know, the wines of both Giuseppe and Francesco Rinaldi are true pillars of Barolo, and Italian Wine Merchants, and once again this is a MUST BUY from 2016.
If you love Barolo, the wines of Francesco Rinaldi do not need much of an introduction. Like their cousin Giuseppe Rinaldi down the road this one of the great producers of traditionally-styled Barolo dating back to 1870. The two flagship bottlings at this celebrated address, located in the heart of Barolo, are the single cru Baroli from the sacred plots of Brunate and the historic Cannubi vineyard. We are now pleased to present the classic 2016 Brunate with exceptional pricing, alongside the more approachable and sensual 2015 Barolo Cannubi, so that you can experience the more feminine and elegant side of their Barolo.
Lastly, if you want to begin to get an understanding of Francesco Rinaldi, there is no better introduction than the village Barolo. While Antoniio Galloni points out, the “2016 Barolo Brunate is captivating,” it is the straight Barolo this is “a terrific choice for readers looking for a wine that can be enjoyed with minimal cellaring.” The wines have arrived into New York, and can ship out in early February where temperatures allow.
FEATURED WINES: Francesco Rinaldi and Historic Single Vineyards of Barolo
Note: The Barolo of Francesco Rinaldi can be delivered in February
While it is often Giuseppe Rinaldi that receives much of the attention when talking the name Rinaldi at IWM, the reality is Francesco Rinaldi is one of the great traditional names of the region. In fact, Francesco Rinaldi was the cousin of the great Giuseppe Rinaldi (and relative of Bartolo Mascarello), and the estate has a similar and long history dating back to 1870. Each have championed the traditional style of Barolo from the region’s great vineyard sites, and Francesco Rinaldi can proudly state their ownership in Barolo’s prized vineyards of Cannubi and Brunate. But in many ways, it is Francesco Rinaldi that is the “Last of the Mohicans” here, where are you going to find traditionally produced Barolo with this level of pedigree from the Grand Cru sites of the Langhe Hills at this pricing.
Additional Notes and Reviews:
2016 Francesco Rinaldi e Figli Barolo Brunate
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “Often living in the shadow of their cousin, the Francesco Rinaldi Brunate is deserving of equal attention, as this remains one of the great values in single vineyard Barolo. And from the classic 2016 vintage, this is another inspiring traditional expression from the historic site of Brunate. The IWM Team decanted the Brunate and tasted it over the course of few hours alongside the Normale bottling. The Brunate begins a little reticent and herbaceous, then with aeration it opens and captivates. It simply had the whole IWM nodding in agreement – “…that’s a great Barolo.” You can expect to find nuances of cherries, dried berries, crushed roses, licorice, cedar, brown spice, baked earth and eucalyptus. All the signature notes of muscle and depth are here, with coiled energy that hints at what is to come. We love that push and pull tension that this wine provides. We simply believe this to be a lot of Barolo for the price. This address remains one of the great sources for value in Barolo with pedigree and the 2016 is a wine that should not to be overlooked.”
Antonio Galloni, Vinous: "The 2016 Barolo Brunate is captivating. Dried herbs, mint, sage, cedar, sweet pipe tobacco and gentle earthy notes give the 2016 lovely aromatic complexity. Like all of the 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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