A true legend in the commune of Barolo, Beppe Rinaldi was the last of the “Last of the Mohicans” – the others were Bartolo Mascarello and Teobaldo Cappellano – who resisted modern trends. Sadly, he died in 2018 at a still young 69, and the estate is now run by his daughters Marta and Carlotta (the wine-maker and farmer, respectively), who are extremely worthy successors. Like Bartolo Mascarello, Beppe believed in the magic of blending different sites, but EU labeling laws forced him to make some compromises. They now release a Brunate, which is 85% Brunate and the rest Le Coste, and a “Tre Tine”, which is a blend of their remaining grapes from Le Coste, plus San Lorenzo and Ravera. They also have a range of wines from lesser grapes that are excellent but rarely seen in the United States because they are not imported via regular channels.
"The 2016 Barolo Brunate is a tightly wound wine with striking inner perfume, sweetness and energy. Deep, dense and powerful, the 2016 exudes a sense of classical austerity that will thrill Rinaldi lovers. I remember tasting it during bottling and thinking that Beppe Rinaldi would be so very proud of his daughters for making this wine, a Barolo that so vividly captures the heart and soul of what these wines are all about. The 2016 is going to need a number of years to come into its own, but it holds immense promise." -Vinous
"Red Both elegant in profile and intense, this red features cherry, strawberry, iron, tobacco and wild herb flavors. Compact and balanced, with vibrant tension and a light dusting of tannins on the finish."
"Radiant and already showing impressive depth, this arresting red opens with perfumed berry, rose petal, violet, crushed mint and new leather aromas. Delicious and austere, it boasts compelling structure, delivering succulent red cherry, star anise, baking spice and orange-zest flavors framed in firm, refined tannins. Bright acidity provides energy and impeccable balance." -Kerin O'Keefe