Giuseppi Rinaldi Barolo Tasting at WWWB

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 07:30 PM

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“High and fine literature is wine, and mine is only water; but everybody likes water.” 
― Mark Twain


That’s all I drink is wine and water with a little Tequila and Scotch mixed in for good measure.  It’s all coming out in my new book the “Two Bottle Per Day Wine Diet”.  I’m in training and have to stay in good drinking shape for all these tastings like this “Once in a Life time” tasting featuring the wines of Giuseppe Rinaldi from the Piedmont on Thursday April 12th.

We have been followers of Rinaldi's wine for the last two decades and they are among the best wines produced not only in the Piedmont but anywhere on earth and we now have an incredible collection of older vintage Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo that we will be showcasing at Wine Watch at our vintage Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo tasting on Saturday, April 1st.

This rare offering of Rinaldi’s top cuvée which, through 1994, was the Brunate Riserva (100% Brunate) of the best vintages in the last 30 years in the Piedmont.  From 1993 on, this wine has been called Brunate-Le Coste and is made from approximately 60% Brunate and 40% Le Coste.  Finding these wines is not very easy as most of the estate’s production is quietly sold to longstanding private customers in Italy, Switzerland and Germany. 

As explained in the info below in the review by Antonio Galloni this Brunate-Le Coste wine will no longer exist due to a recent change in Piedmont wine law that states there can’t be less than 85% single vineyard to have that vineyard cru name on the bottle and you can no longer list more than one single vineyard cru name on the label.  The 2009 vintage was the last of the Brunate Le Coste making these older vintage wines even more valuable today as they will not be made like this in the future.

Updated Notes:  Law Changes and Rinaldi

The major thing I wanted you to know is that the wine we've known as BRUNATE-LE COSTE was made from 60% of Brunate and 40% of Le Coste fruit. That wine is now simply labeled as BRUNATE and is now an 85% Brunate, 15% Le Coste split. A BRUNATE labeled Barolo can only add a maximum of 15% non-Brunate fruit, per the new law. You cannot have two vineyard names on a label any longer in Barolo. If you produce your wine that way, you must create a "fantasy name" (i.e. "Tre Tine").. The production is now much less on this bottling from Rinaldi, I do not have exact numbers but I know that we are now getting a significantly lower percentage of cases imported to the US.

The wine we've known as CANNUBI-SAN LORENZO / RAVERA has historically been a blend of those two vineyards. Now, beginning with the 2010 vintage  that bottling is now called "TRE TINE" which means "three vats" and is a blend of those two areas (50% Ravera, 30% Cannubi/San Lorenzo  PLUS 20% of fruit from Le Coste)
Giuseppi Rinaldi Barolo Tasting at WWWB
Thursday, April 19, 2018
7:30 PM
Tasting Line-up

1994 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste

1998 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste

2001 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste

2003 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Cannubi (San Lorenzo) / Ravera

2003 Giuseppe Rinaldi Brunate Le Coste Barolo

2005 Giuseppe Rinaldi Cannubi- Ravera Barolo

2005 Giuseppe Rinaldi Brunate Le Coste Barolo

2009 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste

2011 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate

2012 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Tre Tine



Wild Mushroom Ragout over Creamy Parmesan Polenta
Braised veal Osso Bucco with Shaved Black Truffle and Spring Vegetable Risotto
Mixed Berry Creme Brulee


This is a seated event and there is only room for 14 guests, the fee for this tasting is $175 + tax.  For reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail

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