Francesco Rinaldi Dolcetto d'Alba Roussot 2019

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  • South Melbourne
  • Sydney
Like their famed relatives on the other side of Barolo village (Guiseppe Rinaldi) Francesco Rinaldi e Figli are an avowed traditionalist producer with vineyard holdings in some of the commune's most highly prized plots; not surprising considering their history dates back to the 1870s!

Today the estate is run by the 80+ year-old Luciano along with his nieces, Paola & Piera Rinaldi. The wines are made pretty much the same way they always have been with the exception of a new press and some stainless steel in the cellars. Beyond that, vinification follows the "traditionalist handbook" and includes extended maceration times and elevage in 20-50 hectolitre Slavonian oak.

Oh man this wine is good! Blue fruits with a spicy punch that jumps out of the glass begging you to drink. This is perfect trattoria wine, not too heavy, not too light and a cut of tannin and acid that just perfectly off-sets the juicy fruit. It's all crushed blueberries, wild forest fruits and sweet spice and so enticing. PWS