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2017 Fratelli Barale "Le Rose" Dolcetto d'Alba

SKU #1359562 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2017 Dolcetto d'Alba Le Rose offers a sweet and floral bouquet with rose hip, dried fig and cherry pie. The Dolcetto grape loves a hot vintage, and that's exactly what it got in 2017. Winemaking is simple (the wine completes malolactic fermentation in oak) in order to preserve that succulent and rich quality of fruit. This wine puts the dolce (or "sweet") in Dolcetto. (ML) Inner quote mark (8/2018)


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By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/25/2019 | Send Email
Another must-have red from one of our favorite producers, not only from Italy, but in our entire Direct Import portfolio. One of the oldest estates in the Langhe, Fratelli Barale was founded in 1870, shortly after the Barolo denomination was created. Sergio Barale and his daughters manage the estate today! The wines are incredible quality and the prices are astounding. The staff always has a case or two of Barale tucked away, and it sells out at lightning speed every vintage. This Dolcetto is a food-pairing dream, with lifted cherry fruit and nimble lightness on the palate. This is equally at home with spicy pasta as it would be at a Thanksgiving feast. Plus, the new arrivals from 2017 - a hot, showy vintage - are drinking beautifully now. Get some while you can and elevate your dinner table.

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/29/2019 | Send Email
This starts with huge aromas of raspberry syrup that will fool you into thinking the wine is sweet. The body is round and filled with sweet black cherries and ripe dark plums and a note of bitter chocolate, This easy to like and food friendly deep purple wine finishes fruity and dry. A super delicious bargain that doesn't take itself too seriously.

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/11/2019 | Send Email
I have liked all of the wines that I have tasted from Fratelli Barale. The 2017 Dolcetto is no exception. It is bright and lively with a deep dark color. Nice fresh and juicy fruit flavors are balanced out with a clean crisp finish. Ready to drink now, it will go well with pizza or hearty foods.

By: Robert Cash | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/27/2019 | Send Email
Pretty is the first word that came to mind upon nosing this Dolcetto D' Alba. It greets you with aromas of black cherry, violets, and almonds. The racy acidity along with the softer tannins combine to make this a super food-friendly wine. This would be a perfect accompaniment to salumi, braised meats or antipasti. Tremendous value.
Top Value!

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/26/2019 | Send Email
This biodynamic gem of a Dolcetto is an awesome wine at a crazy low price.With surprisingly apparent acidity from a grape not really known for it, "Le Rose" has a great rosewater nose and a mouthful of dark plum wrapped velvety body. The pleasing chocolate note at the end of the palette is a nice finish and helps make this a fantastic pairing for meat sauces or homemade hamburgers.

By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/21/2019 | Send Email
Because 2017 was such a warm year in Piemonte, we expected this wine to be a bit riper and higher in alcohol than usual yet Barale was able to deliver another exceptional Dolcetto at 13.5% with unexpected weight and concentration. It's rich and round with a touch of tannins and loads of fruit on the finish. This impressive dry red is a huge hit with customers and staff alike. Great for everyday evening fare.

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