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Rainoldi Valtellina Superiore Prugnolo 2012 & 2016

Synopsis, Our Opinion: Excellent Italian Nebbiolo that was a great value (June 8, 2018). Simply an outstanding value Nebbiolo (February 1, 2021).
(June 8, 2018)
(February 1, 2021)
Producer/Winery: Aldo Rainoldi; Chiuro, Italy.

Grape Variety: Nebbiolo.

Geographic Appellation, Region, Country: Valtellina Superiore; Valtellina; Lombardia, Italy.

Vintage: 2012, 2016

Price: $23.40; $25.20 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Venison Pizza. Roast chicken and pesto pizza.

Tasting:

    (2012 Vintage Tasting) Opened 90-minutes before drinking. Clear, ruby color with a dusty purple cast and the same color rim. Strong earthy cherry, a lesser amount of current and licorice aromas with lots of fresh soft wood shavings in the background. Smooth entry, spicy, exciting, dry, medium-light body and a 150-grit texture. Robust fruit flavors, lots of bright acidity, abundant leathery tannins that hold their grip through a long mouth-puckering finish that ended bitter with hints of tar. Potent and vivacious red wine that was perfect with the strong venison taste. Big and powerful, a little rustic and even gamy, but in the end it was a wine you won’t quickly forget and after the last sip you’ll wish there was one more pour. You can bet we will have more Rainoldi Prugnolo with future venison dinners. Excellent Italian Nebbiolo that was a great value. (June 8, 2018)

    (2016 Vintage Tasting) Very similar to the 2012 except there was tart cranberry and cinnamon aromas and flavors in the 2017. In addition, the tannins start silky smooth and open to a mouthfeel extravaganza that really made the wine special. It was so much better we called it simply an outstanding value Nebbiolo!!! (February 1, 2021)

Aldo Rainoldi vineyard located in the heart of the Alps.
Photo from Aldo Rainoldi.

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Alcohol Content: 13%

Closure: Foil covered 45mm Natural cork.

UPC Code: 8 000044002215; 09809 23020 0

Imported by: (2012 Vintage) Piedmont Wine Imports; Durham, North Carolina. (2016 Vintage) Winebow; New York, New York.