The great traditionalist estate of Francesco Rinaldi e Figli is one of the greatest names in Piemonte. Located in the town of Barolo itself, the domaine of Francesco Rinaldi has a long and illustrious history in the region, founded in 1870. One hundred and thirty years later, much of the same techniques are still used in the Francesco Rinaldi cellars to produce some of Barolo’s greatest wines. In fact, about the only thing that has changed here is that Luciano Rinaldi no longer crushes the grapes by foot himself, as a new press is one of the only nods to modernity in these great old cellars. However, all of the traditions that continue to be embraced here does not mean that this is a winery lost in the past, as their beautiful wines have never been better than they are today.
The estate of Francesco Rinaldi is most famous for its long-lived and brilliant Barolo bottlings made from two of the region’s greatest vineyards, Brunate and Cannubi. Brunate is one of the greatest vineyards the Barolo region, lying on the border between La Morra and Barolo proper. Wines from the Brunate vineyard are prized for their depth, power and brilliant balance, and the example from Francesco Rinaldi e Figli is one of the very greatest examples of Brunate made. Cannubi is the single greatest vineyard in the village of Barolo, as well as one of the most famous individual crus in the entire region. The vineyard is most famous for the fabulously perfumed wines that it produces, for Cannubi is not the most powerful cru in Barolo, and much like Romanée-Conti in Burgundy, it is cherished for the fabulously complex aromatics and round, suave palate impression that it provides when fully mature. This is not to say that Luciano and Paula Rinaldi’s Cannubi is a delicate wine, for it is a deep, intensely-flavored and concentrated Barolo of great pedigree and elegance.
We have a small allotment of Francesco Rinaldi’s 2013 Brunate and Cannubi Baroli. Those who love these wines, and those of you who just love Barolo in general, should not let this opportunity to add some Piedmonte royalty to your cellar pass you by. They are not yet reviewed, however since 2013 turned out to be a superb vintage we are sure they will score well.