2015 Fratelli Barale Langhe Nebbiolo SKU #1302541


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These grapes come from a vineyard planted in 1975 in the commune of Monforte d'Alba, fermented in 50hl wooden casks for 10 days and then aged in 15-30hl French oak barrels for one year. The wine is a classic Old World style Nebbiolo, very light in color but exceptionally well adapted for meals — foods with a more woodsy (mushroom or truffle) character, or poultry.

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  • Christina Stanley
    By: Christina Stanley
    K&L Staff Member
    This delightful wine is light enough for everyday quaffing, but possesses an underlying seriousness and beautiful lifted texture, with a very firm, persistent tannin structure. Ethereal and complex, the wine opens up in the glass, and offers notes of tangy cranberry, tangerine zest and just ripened strawberry over an underbrush of savory Italian herbs and sage.
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    If you are looking for an authentic Barolo like Nebbiolo experience for less than $20, most of the time you would be out of luck. Our great direct price on this Fratelli Barale Langhe delivers the fancy Piedmonte experience without wiping out your wallet! This has lovely tarry, flowery aromatics and just the right amount of firmness on the back end to pair with rich food. Try it with a pizza on a Tuesday night- you will be impressed!
    Top Value! Drink from 2017 to 2025
  • John Downing
    By: John Downing
    K&L Staff Member
    When we visited with the Barale family in 2016, we requested as much of this wine as they would allocate to us as it's a tremendous value. It's fuller and richer than the 2014 with plenty of flavorful spiced red fruit and lively acidity. This is not only the perfect introduction to Nebbiolo but also sure satisfaction to those who already know and love the varietal.
  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    K&L Staff Member
    One of my favorite everyday Italian wines from last year is back and in a better vintage. The Barale Nebbiolo showcases the beauty of the 2015 vintage by giving this delightful bottle of Nebbiolo more weight and richness. The floral notes in the nose take forefront here although there is still that classic earthy tar element. Layers of cherry, leather, and spice with a beautiful acid core and finish. This is a delightful food wine, especially for something a little more savory. So glad to see this wine back in this vintage!
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    I am in love with the wines from Barale it’s not just the classic label or the outstanding pricing, it is the purity of the wines, a classic statement of place over winemaking. You could say the Barale wines are simple and you’d be correct. They don’t try to be anything other than what they are, a reflection of their soil and the vintage, simply classic. The nose of the Nebbiolo says earth, smoke, leather with bits of sweet, dark fruit all swirling toward you out of the glass. On the palate the wine is supple, broad with a bit of tannic structure that enlivens your mouth. The flavors are earthy, leather bits and the sweetness of the 2015 vintage. The finish is fresh, vibrant and with hints of the classic tar and roses signature of Nebbiolo. Try it with a wild mushroom pappardelle!
    Drink from 2017 to 2023


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