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Expert Picks: Giuseppe Rinaldi and Roberto Voerzio

Posted on | June 11, 2015 | Written by Francesco Vigorito | No Comments

Francesco 2014Today I am going to pay homage to two Piemonte greats: Roberto Voerzio and Bepi Rinaldi! Both of these winemakers are iconoclasts, although they make wines that are in totally different styles. Nothing is more traditional than Rinaldi Barolo, and today I’m highlighting the 1994 Le Coste, which is firing on all cylinders. Next, I just have to talk about Voerzio’s Barberas as they do not get the attention they deserve! He only bottles them in certain vintages and only in magnum.

Giuseppe Rinaldi 1994 Barolo Brunate Le Coste $225.00

Over the past year, I have grown insanely in love with Rinaldi Barolo. His 1996 Le Coste is still on my mind from tasting it about a year ago, and while the 1994 won’t have the structure of 1996, this bottling provides an extremely elegant, mature and sophisticated Barolo loaded with nuance and all that aged Barolo goodness. Tar, licorice and dried meats provide the background to the sweet cherry fruit that coats the palate. Tannins are as soft as tannins can be, providing a world-class Barolo ready to drink now.

Voerzio 1999 Barbera Riserva Pozzo Annunziata (1.5L) $299.00

Mostly known for his Barolos, the “mad scientist” of Piemonte, Roberto Voerzio, has the lowest yields in the business! That said, he makes a single-vineyard Riserva Barbera that can hang with any Barolo, Barbaresco, Brunello or Super Tuscan. Supremely dense and concentrated, this is unlike any other Barbera I have tasted. The sheer concentration and density alone in a Barbera this old is unrivaled. Couple that density and firmness of the 1999 vintage, and you have something truly eternal and unquestionably spectacular.

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