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Date Printed: 10/30/2014
Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste 2004
Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste 2004
(search item no. 106464)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $135.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 97 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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).

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About Giuseppe Rinaldi:

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 never easy and always requires a true sense of stewardship of the land, to inherit this acreage in particularly valuable terroirs such as Brunate, Le Coste. <> Giuseppe "Beppe" Rinaldi is one of Piedmont's most iconic producers. Historically his wines have been hard to find because they are mostly sold to private individuals rather than the trade, meaning that large lots are nearly impossible to come by. These are among the most natural, unmanipulated wines being made anywhere. At times past vintages have shown some rough edges and excessive amount of volatile acidity, but those traits seem to belong to the past, as today's wines are cleaner and better made. The wines are fermented in an open-top wood vat using natural yeasts. Temperature is not mechanically controlled. The wines see a longish fermentation/maceration and are aged in cask. Although Rinaldi has changed out a few barrels recently, the only concession to anything resembling modernity is an old-fashioned rotary telephone, which seems to genuinely annoy him each time it rings. Yields here have never been particularly low but the trend towards warmer growing seasons has resulted in beautifully ripe and fragrant fruit, particularly in recent years.