2016 Fratelli Barale Dolcetto d'Alba "Le Rose" SKU #1302542


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Tasting Notes

Monica Larner writes: "One of the oldest estates in the Langhe, Fratelli Barale was founded in 1870, shortly after the Barolo denomination was created with the help of Marchesi Falletti and founding father of modern Italy, Count of Cavour, Camillo Benso. Sergio Barale and his daughters manage the estate today."

Staff Reviews

  • Diana Turk
    By: Diana Turk
    K&L Staff Member
    More restrained than previous vintages, the balanced 2016 Barale Dolcetto shines with cherry fruit and violet aromatics, plus lifted acidity through the palate. Lean and elegant, with a subtly earthy finish, staff favorite Barale always delivers, and this delicious release is no exception. Also, this could be a coincidence, but I had a great night’s sleep after sharing a bottle of this. An awesome red wine in all respects.
  • John Downing
    By: John Downing
    K&L Staff Member
    Sadly, even as the demand for Dolcetto has greatly increased here in the US, the popularity in Italy has plummeted along with production levels. It's why we're so elated to be able to offer Barale's at a great price and in good quantity. Their 2016 is fresh and aromatic with scents of cherry and berry fruits, rose petals and a pleasant earthy character from the Monforte soils. It's a versatile red that is especially great with pizza, pastas, lighter meats and cheeses.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    This wine is so delicious it's hard not to seem silly writing about it because it is so simple. Yes simple, no layers of complexity waiting for the next decade to emerge just a gorgeously balanced, fruit filled wine that begs to be drunk. Make sure when you drink this wine that you serve it cellar temperature that slight chill adds to the freshness of this soon to be legendary vintage
    Drink from 2017 to 2020
  • Mike Parres
    By: Mike Parres
    K&L Staff Member
    Wow!!! This definitely gets THREE Stars from me, what a mouthful of wine. The elegant perfumes will entice you to want to jump into the glass; medium to full-bodied and very supple with overripe cherries, blackberries, bittersweet chocolate and lots of minerals with some tannins. This wine has such great structure it will stand the test of time, the big problem will be keeping enough around to potently age it. Thinking risottos dishes or a grilled Portobello mushroom, but honestly I am actually drinking this one all by itself with some dried cheese and salami.


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