94WA "The 2008 Barolo Le Brunate is quite a bit richer, deeper and more powerful than the Cannubbio, as one might reasonably expect. Here the fruit boasts tons of pure resonance and stuffing while never losing its essential classicism. Plums, black cherries, leather, tar and licorice meld together, supported by firm yet beautifully integrated tannins. The 2008 Brunate is an explosive wine just waiting to emerge. When it does, it should be striking. Actually, it already is. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2038." - Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate, 94 points!
Founded in 1870 by Francesco Rinaldi, who built the winemaking and ageing cellar in a traditional Langhe farm building (cascina), with a spacious courtyard, right in one of the most revered locations of Barolo, the storied Cannubi hill (or Cannubio, on old wine labels), this winery is certainly among those most closely linked to the great red wine of Alba, with its first bottle of Barolo going back to 1906.
The various lots of Nebbiolo destined for the Barolo that is the nucleus of the winery’s production, sourced from fully 9 of a total of 10 hectares rest here in the cellar, partially re-structured in 2003 and holding only large 35-50-hectolitre bottles, where they undergo lengthy fermentations, antic way, for 25 days or even a month, then rest for long periods, until being bottled, usually in August, with still more time before release until they find their right balance and maturity.
The talented Luciano Rinaldi, flanked for some years now by his niece and "woman of wine" Paola, currently produces three Barolos: from the youngest vineyards, which surround the winery - a standard label, styled to be fragrant and floral, with a clean-edged, seductive aromatic charge, and two cru Barolos, made only in the best vintages, from Cannubi and from Brunate, from vineyards that vary in age from 10 to 25 years old, and even 40 years for some very old and low-production plots.
The Brunate vineyard is situated at the border of Barolo and La Morra, on argillous and calcareous soils.