2015 Francesco Rinaldi e Figli Barbaresco

$63

Barbaresco is nicknamed the “Queen of Italy” for its soft and feminine expression of the Nebbiolo grape. This wine lives up to its nickname showing persistent aromas of blackberry, cassis and violets with undertones of sweet spices. The palate is well-structured with smooth and velvety tannins.

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Francesco Rinaldi | Piedmont, Italy

The story of Francesco Rinaldi starts in the cellar on the “hill of hills” in the Barolo area; the Cannubi. It’s here that soil of Helvetian and Tortonian type blend together giving those unique flavors and characteristics to the Nebbiolo grape that are only to be found in this strip of land.

A winery where one can sense the family’s passion focused on making the most of the values offered by the Barolo land.

Barolo, Castiglione Falletto, La Morra, three of the most important villages in the Barolo area, three places where Nebbiolo expresses itself to the best, in fragrance and taste, fruit of a soil made up of unique elements. Not a random choice for the winery Francesco Rinaldi: the vineyards, some inherited others bought later on, represent the three faces of the Barolo territory.

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Nebbiolo

Italy’s best kept treasure. Nebbiolo produces some of the greatest wines in the world, but is hardly planted outside of its home country. Famous to Italy’s Piedmont region, look for these twin stars that are 100% Nebbiolo: Barolo and Barbaresco. This renowned grape produces glorious red wine containing complex flavors with high acid and tannin, allowing these babies (in the right hands) to age for years to come. Grab yourself a bottle, or three, and see for yourself what these wines can do!

Barbaresco, Italy

Barbaresco is the smaller region within Piemonte with the black grape Nebbiolo as king. These bold beauties can age for decades due to high acid and tannins. With influence from the river, Nebbiolo here can often be fruitier and less perfumed than in Barolo. Barbaresco has a primary designated area, Barbaresco DOCG, where the wines must spend nine months in oak and be aged for two years before release. For higher quality wines you will find a single named vineyard or the word “cru” on the label. 

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. 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, as 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.

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