Sunday, June 3, 2012
I don't have any photographs of Beppe from this year's visit, because after gesturing towards the stairs and voicing a throaty "Pronto!" to our group, Beppe basically disappeared into the bottling room, not to be seen again. So, no pictures of Beppe.
last year's visit to Giuseppe Rinaldi and the few pictures that made it into the first draft of Wine Toy Story. But nothing from this year. Sorry. I did manage a handshake with Citrico, but the unfortunate trick about handshakes is that you can't operate the camera and the handshake at the same time.
YouTube video of Marta pump faking in the face of a young male modernist producer and then taking the ball to the goal to share with you. Hope that you like it!
Er, actually no. I couldn't find that video, although I definitely did search for it. Please let me know if you do ever come across it!
Since we'd been talking so much about the multiple cru bottlings of G. Rinaldi, I asked Marta to clear up the story about the single vineyard magnums. The bit that you sometimes hear is that after the blends have been completed Beppe bottles what is remaining in the single cru casks in large format bottles. So, the story goes, you can find single vineyard Brunate and such from G. Rinaldi from magnum up in to the current day. Marta stated flat out that this story is wrong, and told me that she knows what goes into the magnums because she bottles them herself. She said that what does go into the magnums is the same blend that is in the 750mls. So no single vineyard magnums, at least not since Beppe rejoined his father in the cellar in 92 or 93. A little later research on my part with the google search indicates that the spurious rumor may have started with Beppe's father Battista and his habit of ageing a Brunate Riserva in large format bottles before rebottling it after 10 years in 750mls.
same "Barolo di Barolo" source indicates that it was Battista Rinaldi who, during his tenure as the mayor of Barolo, led the change towards communal ownership of the spectacular Castle of Barolo. The Castle (pictured above) now houses a wine museum while hosting other activities.
But of course you never know the for sure real deal story at Giuseppe Rinaldi, as for instance when he told me that he would be bottling the Freisa with the same style label as the Barolo in the future, instead of with the old gray one. Which does not seem to be what has happened.
Maybe next year.