A poised and complex Barolo from a traditional house. The Rinaldis have a long and illustrious history in Barolo, and this classic Barolo expresses the old school approach of the Francesco branch of the family. It is sourced from sites across the region in the traditional way, resulting in a roundness and nuance that still retains what Rinaldi values as 'austerity' — a quality of being less about fruit and more about savoury structure. Eminently food friendly and approachable even now, this unique offering is a super-fine and essential Barolo.
90-92/100 Vinous, Antonio Galloni (2016 Vintage)
"The 2016 Barolo is gracious and lifted, with lovely sweet red cherry and floral overtones. Silky tannins give this mid-weight Barolo a good bit of immediacy. Translucent and super-expressive, the 2016 is a model of pure and total class. Vineyard sites are a stellar collection of parcels from Rocche dell'Annunziata, Boiolo, Sarmassa, Vignane, Codana and a touch of Cannubi. In recent years, Rinaldi's straight Barolo has been one of the real under the radar gems in the region. The 2016 has the potential to be an overachiever."
17+/20 JancisRobinson.com, Alistair Cooper MW (2016 Vintage)
"Very perfumed nose with a firm and compact palate. This has real richness and depth, lots of bright acidity. Lively and dense – needs a long time to develop. Has a chalky minerality that adds spice and weight. Needs time to come together. Drink 2022 – 2030."
92/100 Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, August 2020 (2016 Vintage)
"There’s something of a distracting raisin and shrivelled berry character to the nose, but the palate steps up and does the trick. Dark chocolate, walnut and tar, ripe cherry, but fresh in acidity, with a kind of blood orange character through it. Succulent tannin with a black tea edge, and more of that tea and tar on a long finish. It’s really very old fashioned, and feels kind of mature, though as it sits in the glass, it almost begins to feel more vibrant and red fruited. A game of two halves, as it were, though I do like it."