A rather, large scaled, burly nose with notes of a dried up cherry pie, tobacco, a moist forest floor, dark sponge cake, diesel oil and leather. Complex, a bit rough around the edges but with a rugged charm.
The taste is more structured and refined with notes of dried strawberries, dry licorice, forest floor and dried flowers. A very fine length with some silky tannins at the end. Very fine. Fully mature but in no hurry to drink any remaining bottles.
I visited Fratelli Barale in August of 2019 and meet Eleonora who was a gracious and kind host.
Castellero is a 13,07 ha large MGA in Barolo and there are only four producers that bottle wines from here - Fratelli Barale, Francesco Borgogno, Giacomo Fenocchio and Brezza (which I visited on the same trip and tasted their 2013 Castellero).
92p (tasted 2021/02)