Francesco Rinaldi & Figli - Barolo Cannubi 2014 DOCG

Francesco Rinaldi & Figli

Barolo Cannubi 2014 DOCG

Piemonte, Italy

This Barolo is my pick to wash down the Easter lunch. It is a 100% Nebbiolo from vines planted between 1967 and 1990 in Cannubi cru. The fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks with automatic pump-over system for a period of 25-30 days. Then the divine juice refined for at least three years in large Slavonian oak barrels (5,000 litres). Salute!

Appearance

In the glass the wine has a charming garnet colour. It is clear with no traces of sediments.

Nose

The aromas intensity is medium plus. Immediately, the fragrances of crunchy wild red fruits bewitch our nostrils. Then notes of spices, dry flowers, liquorice and a drop of coffee make the aromatic palette quite intriguing. As secondary notes, there is a touch of vanilla, a lively clove, an elegant cedar and toast. The tertiaries remember the fine leather, Kentucky tobacco and meat.

Palate

In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity. The tannins are high too, leaving our palate total anesthetized. The nectar has a pronounced flavour intensity of ripe wild red fruits, especially a succulent strawberry. The spices keep playing as protagonists.

Conclusion

It is the perfect nectar to wash down the Easter lunch. The aromatic bouquet is already quite complex with clear secondary and tertiary aromas. The wild red fruits are exalted by charming hints of dry flower and lively spices. The tannins are well-mannered leaving a very pleasant sensation on the palate. The wine lacks a bit of evolution, but it is generous already from the first sip!

Final vote: 93

Price: €49.65 on xtrawine.co.uk

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