• Happybob Likes this wine: 93 points

    April 7, 2019 - Drink now! Perhaps a bit past its prime and a bit oxidated on opening, but it got better over a few hours. Still a great wine and one of the most "pure" Barolo experiences I've had.

  • Ms. Bubblehead Likes this wine:

    November 19, 2018 - 1996 was a good vintage, and this wine did show a lot of potential. On the nose, quite dark fruits, black tea, tar, licorice, and smoke, on the palate, the tannin was still developing in my view, the wine was very muscular with strong backbone, it seems to be still young to consume, can wait for couple more years.

    Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo wine dinner in New York with friends
    List of wines we had: 1985 riserva selezionata Brunate, 1993 Brunate Le Coste, 1994 Brunate Le Coste, 1995 Brunate Le Coste, 1996 Brunate Le Coste, 1997 Brunate Le Coste, 1998 Brunate Le Coste magnum, 1999 Brunate Le Coste, 2001 Brunate Le Coste, 2004 Ravera magnum, 2005 Brunate Le Coste, 2006 Brunate Le Coste, 2007 Brunate Le Coste

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  • JWG wrote: 94 points

    October 8, 2018 - Don't have my notes, but was a top level barolo from good old Giuseppe.

  • BaroloRob wrote:

    July 7, 2018 - Flawed/Oxidized

  • Wine Trader Likes this wine: 98 points

    April 6, 2018 - Drinking great right now. Easy tannin, mild bricking along the edge with a brooding dark core, violets, licorice, earth, licorice, dark fruit undertone...One of the best bottles of Barolo I've ever had.

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  • cct wrote: flawed

    October 8, 2016 - '96 retrospective at Franny's, Brooklyn

    off bottle. A shame

  • pwillen1 wrote:

    March 6, 2016 - Raiding the Cellar (Castagna): classic cherry, pepper, all there, not awkward at all, amazing youthful, exciting, invigorating. Fascinating in that you can drink it now with pleasure but should last indefinitely too.

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  • Topper wrote: 93 points

    February 22, 2016 - Very nice wine that is drinking surprisingly young for a 20 yr old wine. Are they still making them like that? Beautiful red fruit, almost like a California Pinot but with only the tiniest hint of secondary flavor. If you want to drink this now for the purity of the fruit, go at it. If it's mature Barolo that you're after, this is going to need 5-10 more years. Gorgeous wine either way.

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  • rlove wrote: 95 points

    November 20, 2015 - The mature, gorgeous nose exposes truffle, rose, iron, and balsamic notes. On the palate, a perfect balance of acidity, alcohol, and smooth tannins, with dark fruit, earth, and iron flavors. The finish lasts 60+ seconds, although the fruit is slightly bitter. A reference traditional Barolo. While this wine is unlikely to significantly improve, it has many years left. Drink through 2025 at least.

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  • Happybob wrote:

    October 25, 2015 - Great structure and finish and heft, but not enough fruit yet even after open in decanter for a 4 hours. Perhaps it just needs more cellar time and/or more time to open. Still very nice, but if the fruit can come up this will be a world class Barolo.