2015 Fratelli Barale Langhe Nebbiolo

SKU #1302541 92 points James Suckling

 This shows impressive quality for a Langhe with dried bark, black tea and wet notes. Dark berry. Full body, balanced and chewy. So serious. Shows the quality of the vintage. Baby Barolo. Drink or hold.  (10/2017)

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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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Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/3/2017 | Send Email
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.

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/28/2017 | Send Email
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

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/25/2017 | Send Email
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.

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/20/2017 | Send Email
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!

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/14/2017 | Send Email
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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- 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.


- 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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- Made from 100% Nebbiolo grapes, these wines take their name from the village of Barolo. A maximum of 205,000 cases per year can be made from 3081 acres of land divided between 11 communes and more than 1200 growers. La Morra, Barolo, Castiglione Falletto, Monforte and Serralunga are the most important communes and produce most of the exported wine. Barolo is a powerhouse wine in some communes but also more delicate in others (La Morra is the most delicate and Serralunga the most powerful). Recent technological and viticultural advances are remaking Barolo into a wine that is more consistent balanced. Producers here do not want to change the flavor or feel of their wines, only improve and eliminate poor winemaking technique. A wine of great perfume, body and size the classic nose of "tar and roses". Barolo is best served with roast meats the Piemontese classic would be "Stracotto del Barolo or pot roast cooked with a Barolo, game birds or powerful cheese.