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Giuseppe Rinaldi has a unique way of seeing the world and a presence that makes a lasting impression. An overarching respect for tradition and a fascination with history govern his thoughts and, in turn, inform his wines. Beppe’s personal history dates back five generations to the late 19th-century, when his family and many others sold the fruit of their vineyards to the Falletti family. The first Rinaldi winery (which is still running today under Luciano Rinaldi) was acquired in 1870 from the Falletti’s estate manager, but in the 1920s Giuseppe Rinaldi, grandfather of the current owner, established his own estate with vineyards in Barolo’s best sites: Cannubi, Brunate, Le Coste, and Ravera. Giuseppe’s son Battista later took over the winery and improved cellar techniques to enhance quality; when he passed away in 1992 his son, also named Giuseppe, left his career as a veterinarian to carry on the family work
At once finessed yet intense, seductive yet austere, and classic yet unique, Rinaldi’s Barolo Brunate embraces its opposites. Sweet red and blue fruits mingle with a mélange of violet petals, sun-warmed loam, cigar wrapper, menthol and a kiss of tar in this captivating, aromatic wine. More structured and tannic than the Barolo Tre Tine, this wine is nonetheless masterful, revealing a sweet inner perfume that complements its burly, chewy tannins that linger on the powerful finish. Barolo Brunate derives its brooding power from the eponymous cru, which also lends the wine's complexity and intricacy, but a portion of Le Coste tempers the wine’s raw power. One of the great Barolo traditionalists, Rinaldi ferments with indigenous yeasts in ancient tini, tall upright oak vats, without temperature control for a month, and ages in old botti for just over three years before bottling.