Francesco Rinaldi Barolo 2018


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“The 2018 Barolo is a delicate, pretty wine with plenty of immediacy and overall appeal. Naturally, the 2018 is a small-scaled wine, but all the elements are nicely balanced. This is nicely done and also quite promising, in its peer group. Drinking window: 2024-2036. 88-90 points

I tasted all of the 2018 Barolos at Francesco Rinaldi from cask, as the wines had not been bottled at the time of my November visit, which is standard for this domaine. I chose not to include notes on the new Barolo from Rocche dell’Annunziata and the Riserva, as I felt SO2 levels were low. That is not unusual, but it can make wines hard to evaluate accurately. So far, the vintage looks promising. “The older vines definitely fared best,” Paola Rinaldi told me as we ran through the vines. Harvest started on October 10, which is on the later side in 2018.”

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (02/22)