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).
"Good medium red. Sexy, almost decadent aromas of sappy raspberry, marzipan, spices and soil; liqueur-like in a way that reminded me of an Henri Bonneau wine. Wonderfully rich, deep, creamy and mouthfilling; this hits the palate and immediately goes horizontal like a storm front breaking out over a wide area. Finishes extremely long, with substantial tannins buffered by the wine's extraordinary material. A throwback Barolo with buns of steel.
International Wine Cellar
"Endless layers of dark, balsamic-infused fruit emerge from the 2008 Barolo Brunate-Le Coste. Tar, licorice spices and plums develop in the glass. Where the Cannubi/S. Lorenzo is seductive, the Brunate-Le Coste is all about power. Virile and imposing, the 2008 is likely to require another decade to start showing its true personality, but the truth is, it is already highly appealing. Violets, menthol, tar and rose petals are just some of the many notes that burst from this super-classic Barolo. The 2008 Brunate-Le Coste is another dazzling wine from Beppe Rinaldi and his daughter Marta. It is easily among the very best wines of the year. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2038."
The Wine Advocate
"There's purity and perfume to the raspberry and cherry flavors in this Barolo, whose tannins are civilized and integrated into the elegant frame. This is intense and lingers with spice and tobacco notes. Best from 2014 through 2027"