2013 Fratelli Barale "Castellero" Barolo SKU #1335633


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  • Rachel Vogel
    By: Rachel Vogel
    K&L Staff Member
    Fratelli Barale was the first Barolo producer I fell in love with when I started at K&L. The Casterello is their single vineyard estate bottling that comes with depth and concentration. The captivating aromatics are filled with a mix of deep floral notes and savory cherry skins. It is structured and bold, but the nuances are not lost in the young age. I will definitely be adding a few bottles to my cellar in hopes that a few of them will make it long term!
  • Mike Parres
    By: Mike Parres
    K&L Staff Member
    This 2013 Barolo is gorgeous. From the translucent color, to the fresh, floral bouquet and bright red fruits, this entry-level bottling screams of Nebbiolo. What a beautiful wine! Sweet roses, berries and spices emerge in the glass adding further complexity. There is a tension between the ripeness of the vintage and the wine’s firm sense of structure that is utterly captivating. Two thumbs up !!!
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    We have loved the past two vintages of Fratelli Barale, though, not surprisingly with these 2013's, I think it's safe to say I will be consummating this relationship with a purchase for the cellar. The Castellero opens with aromas of dark cherries, licorice and cocoa powder, opening up with air to show dried orange peel as well. Bright cherry and almond flavors show greater intensity and persistence than on the normale, and leads me to believe that this will easily age 20 years past the vintage date. Though it is not a waste to enjoy this Barolo young, even at this early stage the wine is well integrated and is already bringing a whole lot to the table.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose of this wine is powerful; waves of earth, tar, spice are backed up by spicy, ripe fruit. On the palate the wine is serious, shows depth of structure, Nebbiolo tannins evident however balanced and supple showing a sweet side. The flavors are a cauldron of tar and camphor that fuse into a constant, earthy layer that is highlighted by a mélange of cherry, berry, licorice and spice. The finish is dynamic, long, lifting with tremendous length, balance….I’m really impressed this wine is sensational for the price.
    Drink from 2018 to 2033
  • John Downing
    By: John Downing
    K&L Staff Member
    Castellero is an important Barolo for the Barale's as the vines are grafted from the original old clones of Nebbiolo on their property. The 2013 is especially complex with lots of spice and potpourri on the nose and a layered and structured palate with wonderful density, ample acidity and grippy tannins on the finish. This will certainly gain stature with a bit of time in the cellar yet is quite expressive if opened now. Ideal with roasts, meats and heartier meals.


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