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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
The Brunate and Le Coste grapes were vinified in different ways: the Brunate fruit was kept apart, and went into a special riserva that rested in the cellar in large bottles for ten years and was then put in standard bottles, while the other lots, following one of the most hallowed Barolo traditions, were meticulously blended together.
Since 1993 there are no longer a "standard" Barolo and a Brunate Riserva, but two different pairs of blends, all sourced from the same 4 estate vineyards. This is the cuvée of Brunate and Le Coste (10,000 bottles).
"The 2006 Barolo Brunate-Le Coste flows from the glass with tons of dark fruit wrapped around a deep, muscular core. I am too young to have tasted the 1989 when it was first released, but I imagine it might very well have been like this. The sheer density of the fruit is remarkable, while the wine's balance is first-rate. With time, sweet balsamic mentholated notes appear, along with spices, violets, leather and licorice, all supported by the wine's muscular, broad-shouldered frame. This is a classic among classics and a must-have wine for anyone serious about great Barolo. The more it sat in the glass, the more I loved it. Anticipated maturity: 2026-2046."
The Wine Advocate
"Brunate component: Medium red. Mocha, brown spices, tobacco and cocoa powder on the nose, with suggestions of superripeness. Sweet, lush and deep, with decadent flavors of plum, tobacco, brown spices and earth. Finishes long and sweet, with substantial broad, ripe tannins. From a barrel of pure Le Coste: Bright, deep red. Rather Burgundian aromas of mocha, smoke and earth, with good mineral lift. Sexy and sweet in the mouth, with lovely energy to the flavors of dark raspberry, spices, minerals and red licorice. This sample has a floral component I don't find yet in the other barrels of 2006 here. Finishes broad and long, with suave tannins. This will comprise about 25% of the ultimate blend, says Rinaldi."
International Wine Cellar
"An elegant, supple style, despite its firm structure. Exhibits rose, cherry, menthol and licorice flavors underscored by mineral. This is taut and linear, with a long, sustained aftertaste. Best from 2013 through 2028."
Established in 1890, this attractive and distinctive house, is located just outside the town limits of Barolo, on the road to Monforte, both the traditions and the modern developments of Barolo merge. One part of this partnership is represented by the winery's current owner, Giuseppe Rinaldi, or, more simply, Citrico, as he is known to everyone. Since managing great vineyards is...Read More About Giuseppe Rinaldi
(PEED-mont) Piedmont is located in the Northwest area of Italy, hugging the Mediterranean coast. The regional capital, Turin, is situated smack in the middle of the province. Being close to the alps, the area enjoys a high altitude, with the best vineyards benefiting from the hills and elevation. Known for its famous sub-districts, Piedmont delivers some of the most...Read More About Piedmont
The King of Piedmont
Nebbiolo is the key grape in the wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. It is not the
most planted variety, but it does make the most distinctive and age-worthy wines. Native to
Nebbiolo is a bit of a soil snob - it's finicky about where it grows and has
long been the honored red grape of Northern Italy...Read More About Nebbiolo
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