We’ve had the wines of Barale in for a few months, since last November to be exact, but I haven’t had a chance to talk about them until now (I’ve mentioned their Chardonnay and Barbera D’Alba already). In fact their Barbera D’Alba is one of our wines to try this year.

The roots of the Azienda Agricola Barale Fratelli reach back to distant 1870, soon after Barolo wine made its appearance in the Langhe. Francesco Barale was among the pioneers of this.  Today Sergio Barale, with his daughters Eleonora and Gloria, continue the family’s centuries-old experience of wine production. The cellar has embraced new technologies, always with the aim to increase the quality of Barolo and other typical wines from these hills. Today as in the past, the character of wines is forged in the vineyard through assiduous manual labor. The processes of vinification and ageing merely maintain the equilibrium of the fruit’s components, with the aim of producing harmonious wines, readily recognizable in their organoleptic qualities as true to the grape varietal and the zone of origin.

Barale produces a 3 different Barolos two from single vineyard sources as well as a single vineyard Barbaresco, which for me is their best value for money wine we stock, along with a stunning Barbera D’Alba, Nebbiolo Langhe, Dolcetto D’Alba, Moscato D’Asti and the previously mentioned Chardonnay.

We currently have the Barbera D’Alba  on offer @2 bottles for €30 pop in and see why we think its a must for 2012, with its perfumed nose of violets, ripe black fruits, toasted tobacco and spice. Firm on the palate with recurring black fruits, spice and toasty oak.