Robert Parker 95
The 2013 Barolo Brunate is very much driven by the excellence of the vintage. There is a profound level of power and intensity here that pushes the limits of the quality spectrum of this versatile and somewhat elastic vineyard. Brunate gives good results in the so-so vintages. In the great vintages (like 2013), this is the happy result. The wine opens to a darker sense of earthiness and rich fruit. Indeed, the tannic structure of the wine is almost crunchy or crystalline now in its youth. The wine is nervous and tightly bound at the moment. This Barolo requires plenty of patience.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2035
Rinaldi’s 2013 Barolo Brunate is dark, sensual and super-inviting. A wine of restraint, the 2013 is endowed with terrific depth and tons of personality. At the same time, the 2013 is not an explosive wine (like the 2010), but rather a Barolo that speaks to total finesse. Dark cherry, plum, lavender, menthol, violet and hard candy inflections give the 2013 much of its exceptional beauty and resonance. The wine’s sheer inner sweetness makes it nearly impossible to put down the glass.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2048
La Morra. Tasted blind. Mid ruby with orange tinges. A touch of candied fruit and graphite on the nose. Ripe yet embryonic on the palate and with a stunning balance. Monolithic in its youthful state. Gorgeous, mouth-filling finish and yet not heavy at all. (WS)
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2042