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Expert Picks: Giacomo Conterno and Giuseppe Rinaldi

Posted on | August 6, 2015 | Written by Francesco Vigorito | No Comments

Francesco 2014Does it get any better than 2004 Barolo? Some might argue, but 2004 is and will always be a legendary Barolo vintage, one that will go down in the Piedmont history books. Two of the finest Barolos produced in 2004 come from my two favorite producers, Giacomo Conterno and Giuseppe Rinaldi. If you are into classics Barolos, these two bottles should absolutely be in your collection.

Giacomo Conterno 2004 Barolo Cascina Francia $275.00

Rich, powerful, intensely perfumed and explosive, this stunning Barolo overtakes the senses and never ever lets go. Now at 11 years old, this wine is just starting to hit its stride and it will easily get better over the next decade or so. This Barolo is a hard one to beat given the quality of the vintage and the pedigree of the producer.

Giuseppe Rinaldi 2004 Barolo Brunate Le Coste $399.00

Veterinarian turned winemaker is the story behind Giuseppe Rinaldi. A contender for the most classic Barolos in production, Bepi frankly doesn’t care if you like his wines or not; he makes them for himself and his friends and family. Their profile is lean and mean with a backbone of strong tannins that allow them to age gracefully and effortlessly. The 2004 may the be the finest vintage produced of this Barolo, and they are in very high demand these days—there’s almost nothing to go around. We are lucky to be getting six bottles.

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