There are a few wine makers I would visit during a visit to Barolo, and G. Rinaldi is certainly one of them. Their wine production is relatively small, and their wines are excellent. A family affair, something you find often in Piemonte, since the last 20 years they have blended two complementary vineyards in Barolo.
Brunate, rich in sandstone, is blended from the calcareous marls of Le Coste vineyard but the 2010 vintage of Barolo has new rules that prohibits more than one cru name on Barolo labels – so it is now called Brunate.
Required by each commune to register their crus for an official listing of them, a move related to the new ban on bi-cru naming. In fact it is worse because it tail coats all those mediocre vineyards in Barolo to fall under the new universal Barolo labeling.
When we arrived we were greeted by Martha the daughter in-charge (oenologist) and soon thereafter we met pretty Carolotta the youngest daughter an agronomist daughter who arrived in overalls. She apologizes,smiling as he is a little messy looking after the recent racking of the wines. It is so nice to see a generation of “ladies”, both daughters are very active and hands on but still very much respect their Dad, and take his lead.
Guiseppe is a certainly a cool character, dressed casually he is smoking a Tuscan cigar as he takes us through his cantina, he laughs and smiles with a very friendly demeanor. We herd so many stories about Guiseppe, but it is clear that he knows what he wants, he respects classicism and tradition and we agree, His English is very limited but both daughters speak fluent English, including his charming wife ho interjects, a family harmony.
The feeling is extraordinary at Rinaldi’s winery, you feel as if you are in someones home. The cave is quaint and it almost felt like we were in their living room. The phone rings, we taste wine and guests are talking as the family is working. The atmosphere is laid back, a special place as you are surrounded by many the family’s personal collection of bottles.
Guiseppe enjoys a good ride on his scooter and seems to have passed his talents to his children who continue in his footsteps. The wines are no doubt excellent and continue to be outstanding, so if you get lucky enough to buy their Barolo, savor them.