Francesco Rinaldi & Figli

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The great traditionalist estate of Francesco Rinaldi & Figli is one of the greatest names in Piedmont. Located in the town of Barolo itself, the winery of Francesco Rinaldi has a long and illustrious history in the region. It was founded in 1870, when Francesco Rinaldi inherited a vineyard and house in Barolo, inducing him to leave behind his work with the very large Mirafiore estate and set out on his own. His family at that time also had ties to the then greatest estate in the Barolo region, Barale-Rinaldi. Along with his cousin Giuseppe Rinaldi, these two superb family wineries have grown side by side, both upholding the unique, traditional style of Barolo.

One hundred and thirty years after its creation, much of the same techniques are still used in the Francesco Rinaldi cellars to produce some of Barolo’s greatest wines. The estate is now run by Luciano Rinaldi’s niece, Paola Rinaldi, who, with the help of her sister Piera, continue to make beautiful wines within the great traditions of Barolo, avoiding new oak, and preferring long macerations and aging in large Slavonian oak prior to bottling.

The two flagship bottlings at Francesco Rinaldi & Figli are the single cru Barolos, Brunate and Cannubio. Brunate (which lies on the border between La Morra and Barolo) and Cannubio (or Cannubi) are, without doubt, two of Barolo’s greatest vineyards. Wines from the Brunate vineyard are prized for their depth, fragrance and brilliant balance, while those of Cannubio are light and perfumed, and perform particularly well in rainy years, for the high sand content of this particular site allows for excellent drainage. It is, like Brunate, a grand cru in the truest sense.

2011 Barolo Brunate


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"This has an attractive Nebbiolo nose of rose, violet, perfumed red berry, baking spices and a whiff of pressed powder. The structured palate delivers red cherry, raspberry, grilled herbs, white pepper, anise and a balsamic note alongside firm, fine-grained tannins and brisk acidity. A hint of mint backs up the finish."

  • Color Red
  • Reviewer Name Kerin O'Keefe
  • Reviewer Score 93
  • Case Size 6
  • Bottle Size 750 ml