G. D. Vajra Barolo Albe 2018 - 750ml

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93pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 

This wine consistently delivers one of the greatest values to be found in Italian wine. The G.D. Vajra 2018 Barolo Albe has all its cards in play as an immediately enjoyable and extremely food-friendly Nebbiolo. This really is the top of the category in that sense. With straightforward winemaking (fermentation is in steel and aging in large Slavonian oak casks), the wine offers bold cherry, wild plum and plenty of fragrant blue flower and violet. This vintage has the added benefit of softly textured richness.

92pts James Suckling
Aromas of ripe raspberries and dark spice follow through to a medium-to full-bodied palate, with some fine, fruit and spice-coated tannin and a medium finish that firms up at the end. Sustainable. Give this a year or two. Best from 2024.

92pts Wine Spectator
A taut, sinewy red, this keeps cherry, strawberry, floral and underbrush flavors under a wrap of tannins for now. Overall, the components are well-proportioned, and this ends with complexity, harmony and length. 

Winemaker Notes

The true Beauty of Albe is the caress of the sun that rises three times every morning over our vineyards. It’s the exceptional simplicity of nature that makes the awakening of life an everyday miracle. 2018 is a radiant vintage with beautiful early balance and yet great potential of improvement over time. This is a particularly favorable year for the best exposed sites and for high elevation and well ventilated vineyards. All the wines are fragrant, deliciously aromatic, with fine tannins and a balance reminiscent of 2004. Like all late vintages, the 2018 Barolos require patience, yet offer gorgeous drinkability today already.