The new release of Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Bussia 2019

In just a fleeting moment, the captivating aroma of red currants, pomegranate and strawberry jam reveals itself. Yet, there’s more to it. It’s the harmonious blend of the most delightful scent of dry violets with earthier, umami-driven complexities intertwining with red fruit, licorice, balsamic notes and a hint of tobacco.

One could indulge in its fragrance endlessly, but then the glass seems to guide itself effortlessly to the lips. This wine epitomizes that Barolo isn’t merely a “big” wine; rather, it’s a great wine: offering sweet fruit without residual sugar and a remarkable energy sustained by the lusciousness of redcurrants, hints of white pepper, and a quinine finish that ignites every sense.

It’s a true sensory and intellectual journey that anyone can appreciate, whether a wine connoisseur or a complete novice. The wine is so effortlessly drinkable and yet so intricately complex that it evokes a desire to savor it every day (if only one could). I’ve recently ceased scoring wines, but the temptation to give this one an almost perfect score is undeniable.

A Barolo from Bussia

This Barolo hails from the specific zone (menzione geografica aggiuntiva, MGA) of Bussia, renowned for its robust, long-lived, and structured wines. However, in this instance, the old vines are situated on the side of the Monforte hilltop village, facing towards Barolo town, where the tough white marls give way to slightly sandier soils.

In the capable hands of talented and dedicated producers like Carlota and Marta Rinaldi, the resulting wine embodies finesse, suppleness, seamless tannins, and a refreshing touch.

Marta Rinaldi

Can a Barolo 2019 age gracefully?

The question arises: can a Barolo 2019, already so poised, age gracefully? I have no doubt, and let me explain why. After savoring and enjoying this delightful elixir for some time now, the common thread among all the greatest Barolos I’ve encountered has been evident from day one.

Conterno Barolo Monfortino 1978

Although I wasn’t present in 1952 or 1967 with Bartolo Mascarello, or in 1971 with Beppe Rinaldi, or in 1978 with Conterno bottling one of the best-ever Monfortinos, I’ve had the pleasure of tasting all of the aforementioned wines and many others in various vintages since their inception. They all share this remarkable easy-to-drink factor—a refreshing lightness that makes these wines coveted not only by wine lovers but also, I believe, by teetotalers.