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Professional Ratings: 96 The Wine Advocate, 94 International Wine Cellar, 92 Wine Spectator
Region: Piedmont, Italy
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 14%
Item no. 106464
The Brunate and Le Coste grapes were vinified in different ways: the Brunate fruit was kept apart, and went into a special riserva that rested in the cellar in large bottles for ten years and was then put in standard bottles, while the other lots, following one of the most hallowed Barolo traditions, were meticulously blended together.
Since 1993 there are no longer a "standard" Barolo and a Brunate Riserva, but two different pairs of blends, all sourced from the same 4 estate vineyards. This is the cuvée of Brunate and Le Coste (10,000 bottles).
Rinaldi's 2004 Barolo Brunate Le Coste has been special every time I have tasted it over the last few years. Profoundly expressive balsamic aromas jump out of the glass, leading to layers of seductive perfumed dark fruit that continue to unfold as the wine sits in the glass. This is a truly majestic Barolo. It possesses superb weight and density in a finely-textured yet powerful style. The tannins are firm yet incredibly refined. Readers will not want to miss this exceptional wine. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2029.
Good deep red. Knockout nose offers roasted plum, mocha, brown spices, chocolate and underbrush. Offers superb concentration for the vintage, with excellent vinosity to its flavors of sappy, candied black raspberry and spices. Very rich and broad wine, with big tannins arriving late to dust the palate. This will take a decade or two of bottle aging to evolve fully.
Intense nose of red rose and strawberry with a hint of tar. Pure cherry-strawberry flavors layered with licorice and minerals. Classic Barolo of uncommon depth with a tightly tannic structure that will evolve into a masterpiece. Impressive length finishes on a mineral note.
Shows loads of fresh tobacco on the nose, with strawberry jam. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long, fruity finish. There's pure fruit now. Stylish, traditional winemaking. Best after 2012.