2010 Giuseppe Rinaldi Brunate

This wine caught our attention when tasting it from barrel on our visit to the estate in 2013 and you can read about it here.

The 2010 vintage keeps being something out of the ordinary.

2010 Barolo Brunate, Giuseppe Rinaldi

Colour has a beautiful glowingly blood orange with light-orange edges.The nose emerges with crushed anise seeds, thyme, cardamom, some eucalyptus, pastry, oil paint and dried flowers; lovely violets and rose petals. After a few hours, a deep inner perfume slowly arrives and yes, this transparent site-typical nose is incredible with its depth and complexity.

On the palate, we are offered intense and highly concentrated, pure dark cherries, ripe red fruit, some tar, exotic spices, distinct anise seeds, licorice root and leather. Texture is amazingly soft and tannins are really high quality; chewy and ripe, as it already was from barrel a year ago. Now, just even more. Acidity is not dominating at all, it is simply crisp, fresh and vivid wrapping tasty salmiak and lime fruit. It is unusually approachable and offers breath-taking depth. It is very persistent too with an elegant and remarkably balanced finish.

Yes, even though Beppe needed to – against his principles – adding less Le Coste grapes into here, I am really happy that he was forced to. Why? This might be the best expression of the unofficial “grand cru” Brunate in Barolo ever with its sheer depth, impeccable balance and precision, but with just enough authority. The vintage of 2010 is perfectly manifested here in all its glory and excels the super approachable and balanced 2004 as well as probably sharing the precision and tannic quality in the 1989 in my view. Maybe, just maybe, the Brunate is the Piedmont equivalent of Burgundy’s Richebourg with equal complexity and authority. Open in 2020 for perfection, but is quite approachable even now really after some airing. It is hard to find and quantity is really low, so the hunt is on..


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