Wednesday 10 February 2021

1982 Barolo Castellero, Fratelli Barale

1982 Barolo Castellero, Fratelli Barale
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)

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