2004 Francesco Rinaldi, Barolo, Le Brunate (RT 95) SO’d for the day, then served directly from bottle as there was no sediment. Gorgeous, translucent deep ruby hue leads way to a massively endowed, broad shouldered bouquet layered with black cherry, pomegranate, minerals and spice. Brooding with thunderous bass notes, the palate is equally impressive showing enormous depth, balance, acidity and a conclusive tannic finish. This is just now entering its early drinking window, but still hasn’t developed any tertiary elements. Gorgeous wine, Rinaldi continues to offer superb value in a spiraling market of escalating prices. This bottling comes from the highly structured 2004 vintage and will drink well for two-to-three decades. Highly recommended. Drink now – 2034+