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Limited Production, 94-Point 2016 Barbaresco: Barale “Serraboaella” - 12/08/2019 - Italy

Rated an impressive 94-points and at the bargain price of $34.99, the Barale "Serraboella" Barbaresco is among the finest values going from the cherished 2016 Piedmont vintage. Open and accessible now, it is an absolute treasure that competes with the best from the region. Organically produced and sourced from 40-year-old vines, it is a sumptuous and inviting red with no shortage of personality. Soft and plush, but with ample fruit and concentration, it has enough flash to appeal with new-world and old-world fans alike. Antonio Galloni was especially taken by this medium-bodied red, writing: “Barale's 2016 Barbaresco Serraboella is gorgeous. Rich, translucent and super-expressive, the 2016 has so much to offer.” Such praise is typically reserved for wine two to three times the price, but we were able to secure this beauty at the lowest price going. Savvy buyers will be going long on the 2016s out of Barbaresco, and we can’t think of a better and more affordable representative of the vintage. We expect this exceptional bargain to fly out of the door, so don’t delay and secure your bottles today.

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2016 Fratelli Barale "Serraboella" Barbaresco ($34.99)

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)" (02/2019)

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)" (06/2019)

Staff ImageJohn Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 03, 2019

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.

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 28, 2019

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.

Staff ImageShelby Griffiths | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 25, 2019

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.

Staff ImageThomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 16, 2019

Beautifully perfumed. Almost like dried orange peel and clove on the nose, just a nudge of wildness. Its 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.