Barale traces its roots all the way back to 1870 when Barolo wine had just appeared on the scene in the Langhe. Francesco Barale, great-grandfather of the current owner, was among the pioneers in the production of this blessed wine. Today Sergio Barale and daughters Eleonora and Gloria carry on the centuries old family tradition. The nineteenth-century manor house in the historic center of Barolo is the administrative and commercial headquarters of the company.
Municipality of Monforte d’Alba, Vineyard Bussia Soprana. Vineyard planted in 1982; organic farming. Ruby red with orange hues. The nose is intense, hints of dried rose, licorice, tobacco and leather. As it ages it acquires spicy notes and a complex “goudron”. The palate is dry, robust but velvety; complex tannic structure and long finish.
You could almost think you’re tasting a great Pinot Noir here, albeit one with a much improved tannin structure, such is its fragrance of dried roses, mint, red cherry and sweet spice. It’s medium-bodied, deft and gently chewy, bright and precise, a tasty sort of sugared almond and liquorice flavour in the mix, strawberry and floral perfume, cool acidity, then the tannin leans in on the finish and pulls fine and chalky. The length is excellent. It feels like there’s a lot more to come. Tasted: June 2020; Alcohol: 14%; Price: $160; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2023-2040; Rated: 95+ Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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