Giuseppi Rinaldi Barolo Tasting at WWWB - A tribute to one of the best producers in the Piedmont

Thursday, September 20, 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 must stay in good drinking shape for all these tastings like this “Once in a Life time” tasting that we just put on the schedule to celebrate the life of one of our favorite producers in the Piedmont who passed away on September 2nd.  Giuseppi Rinaldi will be missed not only for his wines but he will be remembered for his strong traditional winemaking beliefs, acerbic wit and incredible wines.

 

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 since our winemaker from Los Vascos cancelled for next Thursday and the newly released 2014 vintage Rinaldi wines have just arrived I thought it would be appropriate to celebrated his life with a tasting featuring all the vintages of every wine that we have in stock from this legendary producer.

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)

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Giuseppi Rinaldi Barolo Tasting at WWWB
Thursday, September 20th, 2018
7:30 PM

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Tasting Line-up
1994 Giuseppe Rinaldi Brunate Barolo

2001 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste


2003 Giuseppe Rinaldi Brunate Le Coste Barolo


2003 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Cannubi (San Lorenzo) / Ravera


2005 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste


2009 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste


2011 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate


2014 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate


2014 Giuseppi Rinaldi Barolo Tre Tine

Menu
Selection of Charcuterie and Cheese
Wild Mushroom Ragout over Creamy Parmesan Polenta
Veal and smoked Mozzarella Ravioli with Sundried Cherry Epoisses Cheese Sauce
Torta de Nutella

 

This is a seated event and there is only room for 12 guests, the fee for this tasting is $195 + tax.  For reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com

Wine Spectator Posted: September 4, 2018
By: Bruce Sanderson

Giuseppe "Beppe" Rinaldi, proprietor of the Giuseppe Rinaldi estate in the Italian wine appellation of Barolo, died September 2nd after recently being diagnosed with bladder cancer.

He was 69.

"Beppe Rinaldi was a special person, low-keyed, very knowledgeable about the history of the Barolo area and a staunch traditionalist, just like his father and grandfather," said Dominic Nocerino of Vinifera Imports, Rinaldi's New York importer, who began working with the estate in 1980.

Rinaldi, a veterinarian by profession, took the reins of his family's winery three decades ago after the death of his father, Battista. The Rinaldi family had first started selling grapes in the late 1800s; Rinaldi's grandfather, also Giuseppe, began bottling and selling wines in the 1920s.

Despite the changes occurring in the Barolo region in the 1980s and '90s, Rinaldi continued to make wines much like his father and grandfather had, blending crus to find a balance. He produced two cuvées, each a blend of vineyards, fermented in wooden vats and aged in large, neutral-oak barrels: Brunate-Le Coste and Cannubi San Lorenzo–Ravera.

When labeling laws changed with the release of the 2010 vintage, Rinaldi blended three of the vineyards, calling the wine Tre Tine, or "Three Casks," and bottled the Brunate separately. Known for their youthful austerity and ageability, Rinaldi's Barolos were pure and complex. Beppe's other nickname was “Citrico,” or “the acidic one,” for his directness and acerbic wit.

Rinaldi was joined in the Winery by his eldest daughter, Marta, an enologist, in 2008, and younger daughter, Carlotta, an agronomist, in 2012.

“The winery is in good hands with his children," Nocerino told Wine Spectator. "Beppe will be greatly missed, but his legacy will live on in the wine world."

In addition to his daughters, Rinaldi is survived by his wife, Annalisa.

 

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All the Wines available from Giuseppe Rinaldi at Wine Watch
Giuseppe Rinaldi - Quintessential Old World Barolo

 

2013 Giuseppi Rinaldi Barolo Tre Tine (Magnum)
Price: $595.00    Your Price: $523.60          Quantity in Stock: 6

2013 Giuseppi Rinaldi Barolo Tre Tine
Price: $275.00    Your Price: $242.00          Quantity in Stock: 22

The 2013 Barolo Tre Tine is a super-classic, vibrant wine that bristles with energy. Lithe and gracious, but with terrific intensity, the 2013 is also surprisingly accessible for a young Rinaldi Barolo. Perhaps the 2013 will shut down in bottle, but today, it is all polish. Although quite classic in feel, the 2013 is a bit lower in acidity than the 2010 and is also not forbiddingly tannic, both of which add to its immense appeal today. Scents of lavender, menthol, licorice and sweet red cherry develop in the glass, adding to the wine's considerable appeal. Today, the 2013 is gorgeous...96 pts Galloni

2012 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate 3 liter
Price: $2100.00    Your Price: $1848.00      Quantity in Stock: 1

2012 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Magnum
Price: $450.00    Your Price: $396.00          Quantity in Stock: 6

2012 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate
Price: $214.50    Your Price: $188.76          Quantity in Stock: 2

The 2012 Barolo Brunate is powerful and dense in the glass, but also quite expressive for such a young wine. Dark, and brooding, with fabulous mid-palate richness and depth, the 2012 packs a serious punch. Readers will find a Barolo that brings together a slightly slender, cool-climate sense of structure with good early approachability, all of which make the 2012 quite appealing even in its youth. A blast of sweet red cherry, plum, licorice, leather and spices leaves a strong and lasting impression...94 Pts Galloni

2012 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Tre Tine Magnum
Price: $450.00    Your Price: $396.00          Quantity in Stock: 6

2012 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Tre Tine
Price: $214.50    Your Price: $188.76          Quantity in Stock: 10

The 2012 Barolo Tre Tine is lifted, precise and gracious, with beams of firm supporting tannin that give the wine its energy and sense of proportion. Tasted next to the Brunate, the Tre Tine is distinctly more aromatic, delicate and feminine in style, with plenty of bright red fruit and floral overtones. I also tasted the 2012 from a bottle opened two days prior, and the wine had retained pretty much all of its precision. Although the Brunate is the most coveted wine at Rinaldi, the Tre Tine has been impressive in its first three vintages. The 2012 is no exception. Tre Tine is a blend of fruit from the Rinaldi family's holdings in Cannubi (San Lorenzo), Ravera and Le Coste...94 Pts Galloni

2011 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate  3 Liter
Price: $2400.00    Your Price: $2112.00      Quantity in Stock: 1

2011 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate
Price: $210.00    Your Price: $184.80          Quantity in Stock: 5

The 2011 Barolo Brunate has finally begun to awaken from its post-bottling slumber. Surprisingly open for a young Rinaldi Barolo, the 2011 is round, spherical and supple. Leather, smoke, menthol and tobacco wrap around a plump, juicy core of dark Brunate fruit. The 2011 is almost shockingly accessible. The breadth and creaminess of Brunate is evident, but at the same time, the Brunate is also clearly marked by the ripeness of the vintage. It will be interesting to see if the pedigree of Brunate comes to the fore with further time in bottle. At this point, the Barolo Tre Tine is fresher and better balanced. -- Antonio Galloni 92 pts

 

Rinaldi's 2011 Barolo Tre Tine is super-expressive and gorgeous today. Dark red cherry, plum, cloves, new leather, rose petal and mint notes are all wonderfully alive and delineated. The Tre Tine is a blend of fruit from Ravera, Cannubi-San Lorenzo and Le Coste, all in the town of Barolo. In the warm 2011 vintage, the significant presence of fruit from Ravera, a high-altitude site, gives the Tre Tine its sense of freshness and linear energy. The Brunate is a bit richer and creamier, but today, I have a slight preference for the Tre Tine, as it is fresher, more vibrant and better balanced, at least today. Best of all, the 2011 will drink well with minimal cellaring. -- Antonio Galloni..93 pts

2009 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste
Price: $208.25    Your Price: $183.26          Quantity in Stock: 6

(93 Points) The 2009 Barolo Brunate - Le Coste shows immense beauty with a delicate aromatic embroidery of dried tobacco leaf, cigar box, dried cherry, laurel leaf and licorice. Of these descriptors, tobacco remains by far the most noticeable. The wine glides smoothly over the palate thanks to its integrated tannins and exceptional silkiness. Five to ten more years in the bottle will undoubtedly usher forth even more beauty to behold. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028.   Wine Advocate #207, Jun 2013

2005 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste
Price: $205.50    Your Price: $180.84          Quantity in Stock: 18

The 2005 Barolo Brunate/Le Coste presents a darker shade of red fruit along with a more muscular, dense personality. This too is a relatively soft style for Rinaldi, and while some of the complexity of the finest vintages appears to be lacking, the wine nevertheless offers compelling balance and harmony. 92 pts Galloni

2005 Giuseppe Rinaldi Cannubi- Ravera Barolo Magnum
Price: $395.00    Your Price: $316.00          Quantity in Stock: 6

2003 Giuseppe Rinaldi Brunate Le Coste Barolo
Price: $214.25    Your Price: $188.54          Quantity in Stock: 4

(92 Points) Rinaldi’s 2003 Barolo Brunate/Le Coste is deeply flavored and intense, with more than enough fruit to balance its tannic structure. The characteristic balsamic notes that are typical of this wine literally jump out of the glass. This seriously long and powerful Barolo is also remarkably accessible and is a great introduction to one of Piedmont’s great wines. When tasted separately the different qualities of the two vineyards are striking. Brunate provides the muscle and complexity, while Le Coste gives the wine a measure of softness. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019

2003 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Cannubi (San Lorenzo) / Ravera Magnum
Price: $395.00    Your Price: $347.60          Quantity in Stock: 4

2003 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Cannubi (San Lorenzo) / Ravera
Price: $214.25    Your Price: $188.54          Quantity in Stock: 5

(91 Points) The 2003 Barolo Cannubi(San Lorenzo)/Ravera is sweet and ripe with the essence of perfumed sweet cherries and raspberries. It is made in a soft, seductive style that is unusual for this producer and which makes the wine very accessible even at this stage. It is a great choice for near-term drinking yet also possesses enough freshness to age for another decade or more. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2019. Wine Advocate #173, Oct 2007

2001 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste
Price: $240.00    Your Price: $211.20          Quantity in Stock: 11

(95 points) The 2001 Barolo Brunate-Le Coste is big, plush and totally inviting. Layers of dark, balsamic-infused fruit blossom in the glass as this deep, spherical wine shows off its pedigree. There is little question the wine’s best days lie in the future. Readers who own the 2001 are in for a treat. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2031. eRobertParker.com #200 Apr 2012

1994 Giuseppe Rinaldi Brunate Barolo
Price: $245.00   Your Price: $215.60           Quantity in Stock: 10

 

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