Francesco Rinaldi, Barolo 2016
The traditional estate of Francesco Rinaldi e Figli is one of the greatest names in Piedmont. Located in the town of Barolo itself, the estate 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. Francesco was the cousin of Giuseppe Rinaldi, and together these two superb family wineries have marched down through time side by side, both upholding the unique, traditional style of Barolo that has also been championed by other great names in Piemonte, such as Bartolo Mascarello and Bruno Giacosa.
130 years later, much of the same techniques are still used in the Francesco Rinaldi cellar to produce some of Barolo’s greatest wines. The estate is now run by Luciano Rinaldi’s niece, Paola Rinaldi (a graduate of business school) with help from her sister Piera Rinaldi. They continue to make beautiful wines within the great traditions of Barolo, avoiding new oak, preferring long macerations, and aging in large Slavonian oak prior to bottling.
A prolonged fermentation of about 20 days takes place in stainless steel tanks and after pumping the wine over the cap, when alcoholic fermentation is over, the new wine is decanted in large capacity Slavonian oak casks. Maturing takes place in wood for about 3 years. This wine is suitable for prolonged ageing in bottle.
Its color is ruby garnet red with slightly orange reflections after aging. The smell is ethereal, wide and embracing with scents of rose, violet and soft balmy notes. The taste is dry, savoury and harmonic. It matches very well with red meat, braised meat, game and cheese.