2015 Fratelli Barale "Castle" Barbera d'Alba

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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."

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Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/17/2017 | Send Email
Classic and delicious! Brimming with dark berry fruit, this Barbera is high-quality and easygoing, with just enough brightness and lift – more acidity than most – to keep things interesting. A natural with cheese, this would also be lovely on its own, although the number of dishes with which I’ve successively paired layered this Barbera is impressive. Fratelli Barale is a crowd-pleasing yet sophisticated choice that won't break the bank. This producer is always a hit with customers and staff alike, and the 2015 Castle is already almost sold out. Try it while you can.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/28/2016 | Send Email
The aromatics of this wine are tremendous, so pure, tight, just dark cherry fruit spiraling out of the glass. On the palate the wine has weight and richness but is classic Barbera having an archetypal acidity that lengthens as well as freshens the wine. The flavors are dark, cherry, with a hint of wild plums that all fill your mouth with a distinct focus. The finish is vibrant, lifting and very focused a perfect accompaniment to cream sauced pasta or pork dishes, I love this wine!
Drink from 2016 to 2021

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/18/2016 | Send Email
This is classic Fratelli Barale Barbera with dark ripe black cherries and plum, full-bodied with some minerals and dust on the very long and well integrated finish. I would let this open for an hour or so and serve with a grilled Portobello mushroom or burgers and some great friends.

Staff Image By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/7/2016 | Send Email
Juicey, plush red and black berries create a stage for the layers of gentle earth and tannins in the lucious wine making it a perfect weekday drinker and food pairing red!

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/7/2016 | Send Email
Barale's 2015 Barbera is certainly more opulent than most vintages with rich, concentrated fruit and plenty of acidity to back it up. Waves of delicious berry fruit will keep you coming back for more and make this surprisingly good wine an irresistible daily table red. Barbera is one of the more versatile food wines so we urge you to pick up a bottle or two of this wonderful new arrival.

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- Thanks goodness for Italy's wine revolution! If not for the intrepid producers who reduced yields and focused their energy on improving quality in Italian wine production, we may have never known how delicious Barbera could be. Native to Italy, Piedmont's Monferrato is most often cited as its birthplace (though others argue that Oltrepò Pavese in Lombardy is its rightful home) with records of vineyard plantings dating back as far as 1246. Best known and most planted in its dark-skinned iteration (there is a white version of the grape called Barbera Bianca), the world's top Barberas come from Piedmont's Alba, Asti and Monferrato DOCs and styles can vary significantly depending on climate and soil. But you can always count on Barbera for its distinct ruby red color, vibrant acidity and mild tannins. Juicy red fruit and hints of smokiness are also common characteristics. Grown elsewhere in Italy, Barbera is used in varietal wines and as a blending grape to varying degrees of success. Outside of Italy it has also been planted extensively in North and South America, but most successfully in California, where it was planted by Italian immigrants and long, warm growing seasons give this late-harvest varietal the chance to develop complex flavors to compete with its racy acidity.


- 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.