G.D. Vajra

Albe Barolo Nebbiolo

9.1960 ratings
9.1185 pro ratings
Barolo, Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy
Nebbiolo
Lamb, Goose, Potato, Baking Spices, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Turkey, Beef, Pasta, Salami & Prosciutto, Tomato-Based, Soft Cheese, Chicken, Veal, White Rice, Herbs, Mushrooms, Pungent Cheese, Pork, Game, Exotic Spices, Chili & Hot Spicy, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Darren Dittrich

Value-oriented Barolo from a solid producer. This is very good, but little of note stands out in comparison to the other Vajra offerings. 2011 vintage could be a factor.

Value-oriented Barolo from a solid producer. This is very good, but little of note stands out in comparison to the other Vajra offerings. 2011 vintage could be a factor.

Sep 9th, 2018
James Forsyth

Vajra's Barolo Albe is one of the great value Barolos. The 2010 was especially fabulous. I had high hopes for the 2013 as it was a great vintage, like the 2010. It's very good but not at that level. Mid to light weight but with good power and an ability to sustain in the palate. It would probably be even more expressive with some more air. As Barolos go this is as good as it gets for around $40.

Vajra's Barolo Albe is one of the great value Barolos. The 2010 was especially fabulous. I had high hopes for the 2013 as it was a great vintage, like the 2010. It's very good but not at that level. Mid to light weight but with good power and an ability to sustain in the palate. It would probably be even more expressive with some more air. As Barolos go this is as good as it gets for around $40.

Aug 15th, 2018
Ellen Clifford

Chiaroscuro is an art term for the juxtaposition of light and dark. Think Baroque stuff. Think Caravaggio and my personal fave Artemesia Gentileschi. Can I get any more pretentious in my reference? Probably but I won’t. Really good Barolo does this dang chiaroscuro thing. Vajra does this. The dried plum, roasted plum, almost overripe roses and perhaps...cocoa sipped while sniffing an old leather book are dark. But the acid and body are bright and light. Ridiculously good. Wine is art.

Chiaroscuro is an art term for the juxtaposition of light and dark. Think Baroque stuff. Think Caravaggio and my personal fave Artemesia Gentileschi. Can I get any more pretentious in my reference? Probably but I won’t. Really good Barolo does this dang chiaroscuro thing. Vajra does this. The dried plum, roasted plum, almost overripe roses and perhaps...cocoa sipped while sniffing an old leather book are dark. But the acid and body are bright and light. Ridiculously good. Wine is art.

Jun 24th, 2018
Andrew Lohse

Leans lighter, more expressive / lucid red cherry, simple but totally harmonious

Leans lighter, more expressive / lucid red cherry, simple but totally harmonious

May 11th, 2018
Chris MacLean

@Jason MacLean sure has some good wines lying around.

@Jason MacLean sure has some good wines lying around.

Mar 11th, 2018
Kevin Walsh

Wine blogger doxologywine.com; Freelance Sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers) Doxology Wine Consulting

8.9

Tight and tannic, but still with plenty of expressiveness. Better in a few years, but still really nice now.

Tight and tannic, but still with plenty of expressiveness. Better in a few years, but still really nice now.

Feb 20th, 2018
Meredith Hu

Tart cherries, sanguine, thyme, clove, dried leaves, and organic earth. High acid, high astringent tannins, full body. Low concentration of rusty garnet.

Tart cherries, sanguine, thyme, clove, dried leaves, and organic earth. High acid, high astringent tannins, full body. Low concentration of rusty garnet.

Feb 3rd, 2018
Timothy Eustis

Wine Director Stagecoach Tavern

8.8

Solid

Solid

Sep 11th, 2017
Cathy Corison

Owner/Winemaker Corison Winery

9.2

This is a lot of wine for the $$. Lovely rose petal aromas. Delicious. Dark fruit balanced by classic Barolo bitterness.

This is a lot of wine for the $$. Lovely rose petal aromas. Delicious. Dark fruit balanced by classic Barolo bitterness.

9 people found it helpfulFeb 20th, 2015
Mark Lindzy

Vineyard combo is what I'm told. Very drinkable now, but could use some more time in the cellar.

Vineyard combo is what I'm told. Very drinkable now, but could use some more time in the cellar.

6 people found it helpfulJun 28th, 2014