Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Tre Tine 2015
|Region||Italy, Piedmont, Barolo|
Full bodied and elegantly structured, this offers alluring aromas of woodland berry, wild herbs and camphor along with a whiff of forest floor. On the firm palate, taut, refined tannins offset juicy red cherry, pomegranate, star anise and a hint of tobacco. A hazelnut note lingers on the close. Drink 2023-2030.
The bright floral, strawberry, cherry and sandalwood flavors and the savory wild rosemary, juniper and eucalyptus notes show tension. Matched with the supple texture, elegant profile and overall harmony, those complex flavors resonate. Fine length. Best from 2023 through 2045. 650 cases made, 135 cases imported.
This wine celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2016. Representing its 99th birthday, the 2015 Barolo Tre Tine is a blend of fruit from Ravera (60%), Le Coste (20%) and Cannubi San Lorenzo (20%). These sites encountered some challenges with hail in the 2014 vintage that resulted in a 30% loss of fruit. The Rinaldi family saw hail in the Brunate and Cerequio area in 2016. But the 2015 vintage saw smooth sailing and what winemaker Marta Rinaldi calls "a return to normalcy." She says fermentations proceeded beautifully and without any holdups. This Barolo opens to a medium-dark garnet color with bright fruit tones followed by licorice, tar and delicate balsam herb. The wine offers a degree of softness that comes through in the quality of the tannins and the texture of the mouthfeel.
The 2015 Barolo Tre Tine is a pretty, gracious wine. In 2015, the Tre Tine is bright and lifted, especially in its aromatics. Crushed sweet red berries, mint, dried cherry and rose petal add to the wine's understated feel. Volatile acidity is just at the level where it is perceptible. Time in bottle is often a friend in helping VA meld into the fabric of a wine. It will be interesting to see if that happens here. For now, the 2015 Tre Tine is attractive, but also a bit quirky.