2012 Fratelli Barale "Serraboella" Barbaresco

SKU #1275177 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Rose, violet and red berry aromas waft out of the glass. The vibrant palate offers juicy wild cherry and crushed strawberry while white pepper and anise provide the backup. It's elegantly structured but still young and tight so give this time to unwind. Drink 2019–2027. (KO)  (10/2015)

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Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/12/2017 | Send Email
This lovely Barbaresco from Fratelli Barale drinks at a much higher level than its price suggests. Last night, I made Cinnamon some mushroom tortellini with bacon and garlic, and decanted this about an hour ahead. The dry, masculine Serraboella had fantastic aromas of new leather and potpourri and a long high acid finish with good ripe tannin. It was a great match, and I can't wait to have this again, next time with some lamb perhaps!
Drink from 2017 to 2032

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/9/2016 | Send Email
This wine is amazing, just from a price standpoint, a single vineyard Barbaresco for under $30! Yet once you taste it you are going to be amazed. Full of power and vibrancy of the 2012 vintage a rich and complex palate presence but with a long structure that lengthens the wine. Classic Nebbiolo nose of rose and tar this wine is sensational, you're going to love us for this!
Drink from 2016 to 2022

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/8/2016 | Send Email
All of the Barale wines showed exceptionally well during our tasting at the winery but the 2012 Barbaresco was definitely one of the highlights for me. Expressive aromas of spiced red fruits, minerals and dried florals open to a flavorful, medium-bodied palate with a fine layer of ripe tannins and a lingering finish. This is without doubt a phenomenal value Barbaresco that drinks nicely now and will continue to develop over the next 5-7 years.

Staff Image By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/7/2016 | Send Email
2012 was a structured and classic vintage which is hightlighted in the gripping backbone of spice and earth in the wine. The anise and tobacco spice are accomanpied by deep and ripe black cherry and red berries bringing a little finess and feminitity to this muscular wine. This is a wine for the ages that will develop beautifully with time.

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- Tar and roses are the two descriptors most associated with this red grape grown, almost solely, in Italy's Piedmont, where it has achieved fame under the guises of the incredibly and age-worthy wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. Characterized by chewy tannins, high acidity, high-tone cherry and raspberry fruit and truffle aromas and flavors, Nebbiolo has rightfully earned its reputation. Sadly the late-ripening varietal is quite delicate and is prone to disease as well as damage by hail that frequently pelts the region. Outside of Barolo and Barbaresco, Nebbiolo is grown in the DOCs of Gattinara, Spanna and Ghemme. The Nebbiolos of the Nebbiolo d'Alba DOC in the southeastern part of Piedmont are generally lighter and more immediately approachable versions of the grape, aged for less time than Barolo and Barbaresco, which also makes them less expensive. Langhe Nebbiolos are generally made from declassified fruit from the aforementioned regions of Barolo, Barbaresco and Nebbiolo d'Alba.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.


- Piedmont is in the Northwestern region of Italy, bordering France and Switzerland. Piedmont is predominantly a plain where the water flows from the Swiss and French Alps to form the headwaters of the Po river. The major wine producing areas are in the southern portion of the region in the hills known as the "Langhe". Here the people speak a dialect that is 1/3 French and 2/3 Italian that portrays their historical roots. Their cuisine is one of the most creative and interesting in Italy. Nebbiolo is the King grape here, producing Barolo and Barbaresco. In addition, the Barbera and Dolcetto are the workhorse grapes that produce the largest quantity of wine. Piedmont is predominantly a red wine producing area. There are a few whites made in Piedmont, and the Moscato grape produces a large volume of sweet, semi-sweet and sparkling wines as well.
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- Barbaresco is a small village in Piedmont rising up out of the plain to sit in the Langhe hills. Here they produce a 100% Nebbiolo wine that takes its name from the village. Barbaresco is a serious wine of power and depth with an ability to age for multiple decades. Often thought of as the feminine version of Barolo, Barbaresco is a dramatically smaller region than its cousin. Barbaresco can only be produced within 1265 acres, and a maximum of 85,000 cases per year can be produced from the more than 500 growers. It is separated into four different communes of which three dominate, Barbaresco, Neive and Treiso. Angelo Gaja is perhaps one of the best known producers in the wine world, let alone Barbaresco, lives in the village. Recent technological and viticultural advances have made the wines more consistent, deeper in color and more flavorful. A wine of great perfume, the classic nose is "tar and roses", and complexity. Barbaresco is best served with roast meats, game birds or powerful cheese.