2016 Fratelli Barale "Serraboella" Barbaresco

SKU #1437821 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Rose, wild berry and leather aromas mingle with menthol and a whiff of truffle. The firmly structured, focused palate delivers ripe Marasca cherry, star anise and game alongside taut, fine-grained tannins and bright acidity. Best 2022-2028. (KO)  (10/2019)

93 points Vinous

 Barale's 2016 Barbaresco Serraboella is gorgeous. Rich, translucent and super-expressive, the 2016 has so much to offer. Macerated cherry, plum, lavender, spice, sage and new leather are all vibrant in the glass. Medium in body and plaint, the 2016 is a terrific example of this great Barbaresco vintage. I loved it. (AG)  (2/2019)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Barbaresco Serraboella (with 3,600 bottles produced) is an open, immediate and easy-drinking Nebbiolo with bright cherry fruit that emerges gracefully from the bouquet. The wine is delicate and fine with a glossy and polished texture on the close. The wine's intensity is subdued and understated. Best to open it now to pair with a hearty risotto with wild porcini mushrooms. (ML)  (6/2019)

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By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/3/2019 | Send Email
The Barale 2016 Barbaresco seems to have been overlooked by many as it arrived at the same time as the always outstanding Barolo, Dolcetto and Nebbiolo offerings yet it is a true find. This elegant and compact wine is deceptively complex and comes alive with a bit of aeration. It's brimming with bright red fruits accented by notes of licorice, florals and minerals. Impeccably balanced, this wonderful Barbaresco will pair nicely with pastas, roasted meats, cheeses and game.

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/28/2019 | Send Email
Pure and happy, were the first two words that popped into my mind while trying this. Wow, was the third. High-toned, focused with lots of dimensions on the nose, this is what I love about Nebbiolo. It has purity and brightness and an initial lightness then the wine settles in. What seemed to light and delicate has forced you to pay attention to it. There is the classic grip of the tannins that lets you know your are not drinking a simple quaffer. Layers of fruit and delicate spice, earth, minerality and floral whiff, this is an amazing value.

By: Shelby Griffiths | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/25/2019 | Send Email
The word "gorgeous" immediately came to mind when I first experienced this wine. Incredibly perfumed and deeply layered nose that cohesively melds together in the glass. Layers of violets, fresh cherries, sage, orange peels, and blossoms, with a touch of white truffle to lend that classic old-world reminder. The structure is elegant, yet powerful, with a pronounced finish that unapologetically reminds you that this is Nebbiolo! A great wine to have just in time for the fall weather.

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/16/2019 | Send Email
Beautifully perfumed. Almost like dried orange peel and clove on the nose, just a nudge of wildness. It’s tough to express how beautiful the nose is on this wine is--its the sort of aromatic profile that has all these little details, but perfectly meld together. But this is Nebbiolo, and it is still heavily built with lots of power and a lot of structure. There are plenty of red fruits: punchy strawberry and bing cherry sing above a lower, earthier drive.

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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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- 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.