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F Rinaldi & Figli, Barolo 2016

£55.00 GBP

Rinaldi is one of the great family names of Piemonte, with a winemaking pedigree intertwined with the history of Barolo itself. Franceso Rinaldi founded this estate in 1870 and it is run with a deep reverence for its heritage by the latest generation of Rinaldis.

The winemaking ethos is gloriously traditional, with modern techniques only adopted to nudge the already-stellar bar of quality even higher. For instance, fermentation now takes place in stainless steel, but nothing is hurried; no corners are cut.

Fermentation lasts a leisurely 20 days, giving the wine time to extract every morsel of phenolic goodness from the skins. Maturation lasts a further three years, in huge old Slavonian oak casks. These wines are in no hurry to reach their peak.

Right now, despite its rusty garnet colour, the 2016 Barolo is a baby. You can gain glimpses of the wondrous things to come in its ethereally floral nose and savoury, taut structure. Buy now, drink towards the end of the decade and taste history come to life.