G. Rinaldi, F. Rinaldi

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We have had nothing but great experiences with older vintages of Francesco Rinaldi. I admire their new wine too, which is still made in a very classic, austere style, and needs a LOT of time. Here’s a fine chance to find out just how good the wines are once they have some age. Giuseppe Rinaldi’s are the most difficult wine for us to find, buy, and keep, especially in reference to older vintages. It’s also our favorite, our desert island wine, which compounds the problem. In any event that’s why we hardly ever get to offer the wines. A recent dinner with many vintages from 1998-2008 was another great exhibition of the finesse of these wines and how they make the best of every year; even the difficult vintages showed beautifully. In May we tasted the 2011s at the winery; they are amazing wines. Jamie Wolff

Rinaldi, Giuseppe 2011 Barolo Tre Tine

Formerly labeled Cannubi San Lorenzo - Ravera, this is close to same blend / same wine. Early on (from barrel in 2014) the Tre Tine seemed closer in style to Brunate than usual, sharing a dark core of ripe fruit, and very ripe tannin. A year later there was more obvious difference, with the elegance of Cannubi beginning to shine. Out of about 120 Barolos, this is one of the very best 2011s we've tasted. Jamie Wolff

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Rinaldi, Giuseppe 2006 Barolo Brunate - le Coste

The Brunate — Le Coste is, as usual, more brooding, darker, and more structured than the Cannubi -Ravera, but shows similar elegance and finesse. Clearly this will need a bit more time in the cellar. Jamie Wolff (2008)

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Rinaldi, Giuseppe 2002 Barolo Brunate 1.5L

For Christmas this year I would like to be given the Giuseppe Rinaldi 2002 Barolo, in magnum. Please. In Piedmont the summer of ’02 saw unprecedented quantities of rain, cool temps, landslides, hail, and downpours of frogs – just about every bad wet weather thing that can happen, and many producers didn’t even make wine. By way of contrast, Giacomo Conterno bottled only Monfortino; I haven’t tasted it for a while but it was pretty spectacular then (it would be very interesting to taste the 2002 Monfortino blind… does anyone with a bottle want to join the experiment?). And G Rinaldi made really good Barolo, which I was first wowed by in 2007, and then again last May. So I’d like that mag, please. Jamie Wolff

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Rinaldi, Giuseppe 2009 Barolo Brunate - Le Coste

We tasted this from barrel in May (barrel meaning really big old ‘botte’ – the barrel in question stands at least 15 feet high) and the wine was spectacular then. Very classic, very pure with great balance and everything desirable present. A wine to love, but a wine for the cellar. Jamie Wolff (2011)

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Rinaldi, Giuseppe 2011 Barolo Brunate

Tasted twice (once from barrel in 2014, and from bottle in March 2015), this shows the warmth of the vintage in terms of a solid dark core, ripe tannin and tons of black cherry fruit (reminiscent of Cascina Francia), but without losing the balance that Rinaldi always seems to achieve. Jamie Wolff

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Rinaldi, Francesco 1974 Barolo

This bottle is drinking so well right now. If you can spare the money, please do your self a favor and grab one while you can. Poised on the brink of maturity, the wine offers savory, tertiary aromas of earth, roasting meat, and mushroom along with delicate, mouth-filling dried cherry flavors. Really, this is the kind of beautiful, masterfully wrought wine that defies description and lingers in one's memory for years. Make sure to give the wine ample time to decant; it will take several hours of air for it to show all it has to offer. -msb

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