Giuseppe Rinaldi Brunate Barolo Nebbiolo 2012

$189

GUARANTEED BEST PROVENANCE: IMPORTED FROM ITALY BY AIR AND STOCKED IN CALIFORNIA Giuseppe, or "Citrico" (the "citric one" for his rather acerbic personality) shows off what's possible with the Brunate Cru & ultra-traditional methods (no French oak here, baby). Cherry, rose & menthol on the nose, and dark cherry fruit with tobacco, cocoa and crushed gravel on the palate make this a sensory delight. Remarkably, I find Beppe's 2012 Brunate approachable now — dark, rich and delicious for being so young. You will likely want to lay this down for a while and check back in 2019.

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Ratings on Delectable

Jason Heller Delectable Pro

Master Sommelier

2012 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate

2012 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate

9.3

Neville Weston

A Cote Rotie of Barolo’s.......super long taste, light, intense fruit concentration....

A Cote Rotie of Barolo’s.......super long taste, light, intense fruit concentration....

9.5

Evan Bienstock

Rinaldi is always great. 2012 is very approachable now and I don’t feel that I’m short changing it. Clearly it could last a while but this was very enjoyable tonight.

Rinaldi is always great. 2012 is very approachable now and I don’t feel that I’m short changing it. Clearly it could last a while but this was very enjoyable tonight.

9.5

Andrew Cullimore

Quite aromatic and actually a lot more open than I would have expected even for a 2012 . Floral and ripe cherry fruit , licorice character as well. Still quite elegant in the mouth , lots of ripe fruit and a steak of balancing refreshing acidity. More red fruits than black , raspberry , red cherry. There is a kick for quite grippy tannins at the end though they are sweet and not out of balance . Lovely long finish with a rose and floral note. Excellent and surprisingly enjoyable straight from the bottle.

Quite aromatic and actually a lot more open than I would have expected even for a 2012 . Floral and ripe cherry fruit , licorice character as well. Still quite elegant in the mouth , lots of ripe fruit and a steak of balancing refreshing acidity. More red fruits than black , raspberry , red cherry. There is a kick for quite grippy tannins at the end though they are sweet and not out of balance . Lovely long finish with a rose and floral note. Excellent and surprisingly enjoyable straight from the bottle.

9.3

Lev Lavrichtchev

Young and tanic

Young and tanic

9.0

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