The roots of the Barale Fratelli wine tradition date back to 1870 when Francesco Barale began the production of the Langhe vines, and more specifically, Barolo. Francesco already owned vineyards in the commune of Barolo, when he acquired acreage in Costa di Rose, Preda and Monforte, all in the Bussia area. Sergio Barale, the present owner, takes great care in overseeing all phases of cultivation of the 42 acres of vineyards, situated on the most historical hills of the Langhe. The subsoil of this region contains precious microelements that make these wines unique in the world (indeed, their subtle nuances & characteristics vary from one hill to the next). “The quality of the wines is obtained from the vine.” This has been the guiding philosophy of the Barale family, not only in the years blessed with lots of sun, in which it is easy to produce great wines, but also when climatic conditions make it necessary to carry out stringent manual operations such as green pruning and the thinning out of the bunches, which, though very low production levels are yielded, still make it possible to obtain a good vintage.
A deep connection to the Langhe and knowledge of the hills’ memory have always guided Sergio to respect the region and its vines. Sergio Barale’s Selection is evidence of this, fruit of his long research into the company’s best vineyards.The Castellero ridge was chosen for the late harvest for which Barbera d’Alba La Preda is now renowned. Ideal soil and climate conditions and very limited production characterize these wines, Sergio’s homage to the land.
The ‘La Preda’ is sourced from vines over 30 years old, the bunch are carefully selected by hand before whole berry pressing and fermentation in oak vats. The wine is then aged for 12 month in oak and a minimum of 6 months in bottle in the winery prior to release. The 2009 has a bright crimson ruby colour with a fresh bouquet of red berries, raspberry and preserved cherries. The palate is full and elegant with a rich fresh feeling and flavours of nicely integrated oak and fresh red berry fruits. The tannins are nicely balanced on the lingering finish. One of Piedmont’s best Barberas without a doubt.