Terroir: Marziano Abbona Barbera d'Alba Rinaldi comes from plantings within the estate's 4 acres vineyard in the commune of Monforte d'Alba. The south facing vineyard sits at an elevation of over 1300 feet and contains thickly planted vines of 35-50+ years. The vineyard takes it's name from Marziano Abbona's mother who's family once owned this vineyard.
Vinification: The Barbera Rinaldi is vinified at cool temperatures in rotating stainless steel fermenters. Following fermentation the wine is racked and aged for 6 months in steel and 8 months in French oak casks.
Total Production: 18,500 bottles
The 2009 Barbera d'Alba Rinaldi is a richly styled Barbera with polished flavors of ripe berry, vanilla and spice followed by a tangy, seductive finish.
Score: 90 PointsThe Tasting Panel Author: Anthony Dias Blue
"Dark, lush and rich with ripe plum, blackberry and spice, juicy, ripe and long with lovely depth."
Score: 89 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
"Featuring macerated black cherry, blackberry and mineral flavors, in a flamboyant, stylish way, this red exhibits the typical acidity, but also light tannins and heat. More about power than purity."
Score: 91 PointsWine & Spirits Author: Joshua Greene
"A rustic barbera with a deep well of flavor, this is woodsy with scents of the forest floor, mushrooms and wild red berries. There's a cool herbal aspect to the tannins, filling out the texture withouth diminishing the expression of the fruit. For pasta with boar ragu."
Score: 88 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni
"The 2009 Barbera D' Alba Rinaldi is a big, powerful wine. Tar, smoke, licorice and dark fruit are some of the notes that wrap around the juicy, expressive finish."
Score: 90 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Unlisted
"Barbera Rinaldi opens with a darkly concentrated appearance and ripe aromas of blackberry, prune, leather and moist pipe tobacco. There's definitely a plump, ripe and chewy quality to this wine with loads of chocolate as well."
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