2016 Francesco Rinaldi & Figli Barolo Le Brunate Barolo DOCG, Italy

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Winemakers Notes
Barolo is the King of Italian Winemaking! Francesco Rinaldi is one of the greatest names in Piemonte. This Barolo comes from the nebbiolo vines which grow in the lands of “Le Brunate” farm. The wine undergoes to a prolonged fermentation of about 20 days takes place in stainless steel tanks and, after pumping the wine over the cap and the alcoholic fermentation is over, the new wine is decanted in large capacity Slavonian oak casks. The wine mature in wood for about 4 years and is suitable for prolonged ageing in bottle. Grape: Nebbiolo 100%
The Barolo Brunate DOCG Francesco Rinaldi & Figli comes from the nebbiolo vines which grow in the lands of “La Brunata” farm. The wine undergoes to a prolonged fermentation of about 20 days takes place in stainless steel tanks and, after pumping the wine over the cap and the alcoholic fermentation is over, the new wine is decanted in large capacity Slavonian oak casks. The wine mature in wood for about 4 years and is suitable for prolonged ageing in bottle.
The traditionalist estate of Francesco Rinaldi e Figli is one of the greatest names in Piemonte. Located in the town of Barolo itself, the estate has a long and illustrious history in the region. It was 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 cellar to produce some of Barolo’s greatest wines. The estate is now run by Luciano Rinaldi’s niece, Paola Rinaldi (a graduate of business school) with help from her sister Piera Rinaldi. They continue to make beautiful wines within the great traditions of Barolo, avoiding new oak, preferring long macerations, and aging in large Slavonian oak prior to bottling. The two most stunning bottlings at Francesco Rinaldi e Figli are the single cru Barolos, Brunate (2 hectares) and Cannubi (2.4 hectares). Brunate, which lies on the border between La Morra and Barolo, and Cannubi are, without a doubt, two of Barolo’s five greatest vineyards. Wines from the Brunate vineyard are prized for their depth, fragrance and brilliant balance, while those of Cannubi (the single greatest vineyard in the village of Barolo and the most famous and historic vineyard not just in Barolo but in Italy) are magically light and perfumed and perform particularly well in rainy years, for the high sand content of this particular site allows for excellent drainage. It is, like Brunate, a true grand cru in the real sense of the two words.

Press
Rated 98 points Decanter
This is an evolution of Giuseppe’s Rinaldi’s Brunate Le Coste bottling. While the percentage of Brunate has increased to 85% to adhere to Barolo’s regulations on cru-designated wines, it still sees 15% from Le Coste. The latter lends some levity and brightness to Brunate’s deeper, more brooding bass tones. At the moment, earth, mushroom and tobacco dominate underlying red cherry. Tannins are silky in texture yet compact and commanding, and refreshing acidity races across the palate. Not an easy-going or obvious wine, this demands a few years of cellaring but has everything in place for a beautifully harmonious development. Drinking Window 2026 - 2042 — Tasted by Michaela Morris(at Vancouver, 08 Nov 2020) Part of Best Italian wines: A selection of the greatest

Rated 94 points 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. Drinking 2024 - 2041 -- Antonio Galloni