2013 Francesco Rinaldi e Figli Barolo Le Brunate - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo (3/17/2023)
Decanted 3hrs. While some very pretty aromatics gave an early impression of promising things to come, I found the first half glass a tad on the thin side / nice, but unremarkable. Thankfully, I had this on a cold Sunday night, with an episode of the Last of Us and David Leans Oliver Twist, so I had a good solo 3 hrs to play around with it. And it grew on me. Slowly, but with steady traction. Very pretty damson / dark plums core, easy and gentle tannins and acidity on the palate, a very comforting young Barolo (but no lack of structure either). I don’t think this will ever will win the Blue Ribbon, but it will win a perfect place at my table any day. ‘Please Sir, may I have some more…” (93 points)
I think the '13 Brunate is the best wine I’ve had from Francesco Rinaldi (the new Rocche dell’Annunziata in 2018 coming close, I think, and adjusted for vintage quality it was especially good). Personally I’d rate it a bit higher than you, but I think it a very classic wine that should benefit from cellaring, so we’ll see how high it goes with time.
Interestingly, I didn’t really like the '16 Brunate from Francesco Rinaldi, but I’ve only tasted it once so perhaps it will show better next time.
Good question John, and yes. One of my favorite bachelor creations, the high end burger dip. Quality ground beef, a Macrina Brioche bun (local high end Seattle bakery), sautéed mushrooms (chanterelles if they are in season) and white onions with melted provolone, a thin dab of Dijon and of coarse the Au Jus for dipping. Does me right every time.