I recently re-tasted this young(ish) Barolo. Vajra Albe Barolo is the estate blend. It contains blend of 3 vineyards: Coste, Fossati and La Volta. The wine contains 20% of a subvariety called Nebbilo Rose resulting in delicate fragrances. Wild yeast fermentation with 5% maturation in small, old Barrique and the remainder in traditional style in 2500 and 3000 litre Slavonian vats.
Classic tar ‘n’ roses also leather, plums, dark chocolate, cola, spice, cherry showing through too. The palate is rather dense and silky. The tannins have softened and it is in prime therefore it is great drinking right now.
Established in 1972 with access to some of the great vineyards in the Langhe. Despite the length of operation Vajra is a progressive producer but still uses plenty of old school techniques to make great Barolo. To make these lovely wines the family has 25 hectare of vines supplemented by 10 hectare of contracted fruit. All of which is organic and/or biodynamically farmed.
Known as one of the greatest wine regions in the world, its name literally means the ‘foot of the mountain’. Piedmont located in the North Western reach of Italy. There are a lot of parallels drawn between the best wines of Piedmont (Barolo and Barbaresco) and the wines of Burgundy. The region neighbours France and Switzerland with its border defined by the Alps to the north and west and Apennines to the south. These natural defences were used to keep the Ligurians safe from Roman invasions. But luckily it didn’t work forever, as we may not have the wines that we cherish today.
Made from 100% Nebbiolo aged for least 3 years (5 for Riserva). Famous villages include La Morra, Verduno, Castiglione, Montforte, Serralunga and Barolo. Awarded DOCG in 1980.
Famously producing long lived red wines which are light of colour, but abundant in tannin from Barolo, Barbaresco and various other local wines. This is the variety that defines the region. Typical flavours include: Tar, roses, anise, cherry, blackberry and truffle.