Uncompromising and outspoken, the late Giuseppe ‘Beppe’ Rinaldi was a traditionalist through-and-through. Famed for structured, perfumed wines blended from Barolo’s finest hillside crus, Rinaldi’s wines are among Italy’s most prized – treasured by critics and drinkers alike – and its allocations are some of the most difficult to obtain.
Nebbiolo might rule the Langhe, but Barbera, Dolcetto, and Freisa have been long favoured by locals while their Barolo softened and aged. While other winemakers are ripping up these native grape varieties to plant the more fashionable Nebbiolo, the Rinaldis – Beppe’s daughters Marta and Carlotta – have stayed firm and continue to champion the roots of their homeland.
These wines receive the same artisanal care and attention as the estate’s flagships and, although sometimes overlooked by wine lovers, are just as integral to the Piedmontese cellar as Barolo. Organically farmed and naturally made, they are full of the pure fruit and bright acidity that characterise Rinaldi’s precise, elegant style.
Rinaldi Dolcetto d’Alba 2019 (£41) Sold out
Ultra-expressive with high-toned raspberry and bitter cherry. From vines that have since been replanted due to flavescence dorée infection, this is a wine that will not be available for years to come.
Rinaldi Barbera d’Alba 2019 (£50) Sold out
Aged in steel and large oak botti, this shows a charming nose of dried cranberries, violets and smoke, its texture supported by a core of acidity and mineral grip – the standard bearer for Barbera d’Alba.
Rinaldi Freisa 2019 (£75) Sold out
Piedmont’s forgotten variety, Freisa, with age, is almost indistinguishable from Nebbiolo. Spicy, scented with wild strawberries and earth, its richness is offset by vibrant tannins. Rinaldi’s cult wine in waiting.
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