Some of the longest lived and age worthy Nebbiolo in the world are lovingly crafted by the estate of Giuseppe Rinaldi in Barolo. After generations of selling fruit to other producers, the Rinaldis first established their winery in the 1920’s. Now on its fifth generation, Giuseppe Rinaldi left a lucrative career as a veterinarian to take over his for his father upon his death in 1992. “Beppe” as he is affectionately called is a devout traditionalist, believing that modern technology only gets in the way of the poetic connection to the land and its resultant wines. His wines are made in the old style: with long, slow maceration times, manual punch downs, and aging in ancient large oak vats without temperature control. The vineyards are farmed 100% organically. The wines may be produced in the traditional style, but they are hardly conventional. In an age when single vineyard bottlings are widespread and could command higher prices, Giuseppe eschews this philosophy in favor of blending his wines from multiple sites (despite holdings in some of Barolos most prized vineyards) to gain a true holistic view of the land. These are wines made for the long haul, and if you’re patient and lucky enough to find one, a bottle of Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo is like stepping back in time; transcendent in its ability to transport the wine drinker to a simpler, less busy, and perhaps more romantic time.