This week we learned the very sad news that the legendary winemaker from Piemonte Giuseppe Rinaldi had died aged 70. To celebrate one of the great and uncompromising vintners of our time we felt it was only appropriate to drink one of his many great wines this week.
Rinaldi was famous for being one of the most traditional among Barolo’s truly great producers and his wines were a monument to this approach. Powerful, structured, hauntingly perfumed, very slow to mature and completely without concession to current fashion.
He once said that “I don’t want a wine that pleases easily ... when someone says I like it or I don’t like it and that’s it”.
His two daughters, Marta and Carlotta, will now take over the the winery so we are confident that the wines are int the best of hands.
We pay our respects to one of the true legends in the wine world.
Rinaldi Dolcetto d'Alba 2016
The wines of Giuseppe Rinaldi are quickly sold in the Vinmonopolet, but his Dolcetto is available there now. Dolcetto isn't a grape we Norwegians seem to like much, but we had the privilege to try this at the Colonialen Matbar restaurant in Bergen this week and it was fantastic. We tasted the 2013 vintage and it had great tannins, but the age had softened them some so the wine drank easier than a young Dolcetto. Fresh scents of red fruits and cherry on the nose, with much the same in the mouth. A wine that drank very well on it's own, but would also be great with food. Maybe some Italian sausages or a good tomato based pasta dish.