2016 Fratelli Barale Dolcetto d'Alba "Le Rose"

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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: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/9/2018 | Send Email
A slightly lighter, fresher style of Dolcetto such as Fratelli Barale makes is one of my favorite go-to Italian wines. This 2016 vintage is no exception--what with the excellent winemaking and the great pricing thanks to our direct import, this is a no-brainer for your weeknight enjoyment. Did I mention how food-friendly this little wine is?

Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/24/2018 | Send Email
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.

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/20/2018 | Send Email
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.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/22/2017 | Send Email
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

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/17/2017 | Send Email
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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- How could you not love a great with a name that means "little sweet one?" But don't let that deceive you. This varietal, grown in Italy's Piedmont, may be a low-acid, fruit-forward red, but it can also have significant tannic structure, particularly those from the Dogliani DOC. Traditionally vinified dry, wines made from Dolcetto tend to have a sweet edge to them, with ripe red fruit flavors and perfumed bouquets. According to the Oxford Companion to Wine, many producers have learned to manage its tannic edge with shorter fermentation. There are a total of seven DOCs that produce Dolcetto: Dolcetto d'Aqui, Dolcetto d'Asti, Dolcetto di Diano d'Alba, Dolcetto delle Langhe Monregalesi, Dolcetto di Dolgiani, Dolcetto di Ovada and Dolcetto d'Alba. Dolcetto is also grown in the Italy's Liguria where it is called Ormeasco.


- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5