G.D. Vajra

Albe Barolo Nebbiolo

9.167 ratings
9.19 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
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9.2

By now I have run out of superlatives for Vajra, from whom you will find some of the finest, artisan wines being made in Piedmont today. At a time when prices for so many wines are skyrocketing out of control, Vajra’s prices are a breath of fresh air. The Barolos are made in contemporary traditional style, with longish fermentations and aging in cask. Vajra’s 2013 Barolo Albe is beautifully perfumed, sensual, and expressive in this vintage. The style of the Albe has always favored a more succulent expression of Nebbiolo yet there is an element of restraint in the 2013 that is hugely appealing. The Albe may be the single best value in Barolo today. As for the 2013, don't miss it! (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Feb 2017)

By now I have run out of superlatives for Vajra, from whom you will find some of the finest, artisan wines being made in Piedmont today. At a time when prices for so many wines are skyrocketing out of control, Vajra’s prices are a breath of fresh air. The Barolos are made in contemporary traditional style, with longish fermentations and aging in cask. Vajra’s 2013 Barolo Albe is beautifully perfumed, sensual, and expressive in this vintage. The style of the Albe has always favored a more succulent expression of Nebbiolo yet there is an element of restraint in the 2013 that is hugely appealing. The Albe may be the single best value in Barolo today. As for the 2013, don't miss it! (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Feb 2017)

3 people found it helpfulOct 12th, 2017
Shengli 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.

2 people found it helpfulFeb 3rd, 2018
Marzia Brumat

Founder, Vinous

9.2

Great 2013 entry level wine. So enjoyable smells of the cellars in Langhe during harvest

Great 2013 entry level wine. So enjoyable smells of the cellars in Langhe during harvest

1 person found it helpfulFeb 22nd, 2019
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.

1 person found it helpfulAug 15th, 2018
Gabrielle Micheletti

Light, expressed fruit and pigment with a touch of wet mineral finesse. Ever so slightly accented acidity on that back palate and beautiful, perfumed retrogusto. A favorite wine and a gorgeous vintage.

Light, expressed fruit and pigment with a touch of wet mineral finesse. Ever so slightly accented acidity on that back palate and beautiful, perfumed retrogusto. A favorite wine and a gorgeous vintage.

Apr 29th, 2018
Douglas Staple

I thought 7 years would be long enough for this wine, now I think I was wrong as this was the most tannic wine I’ve ever had. Medium ruby. Blackberry, plum, pepper.

I thought 7 years would be long enough for this wine, now I think I was wrong as this was the most tannic wine I’ve ever had. Medium ruby. Blackberry, plum, pepper.

Aug 30th, 2020
Andrew Schirmer

Fabulous & approachable at seven years. Nose developing tertiary/pre-mature nebbiolo aroma, mid-palate is lovely, well-integrated; tannins on the finish display brash youthfulness with a long life ahead. Delicious. #vajra

Fabulous & approachable at seven years. Nose developing tertiary/pre-mature nebbiolo aroma, mid-palate is lovely, well-integrated; tannins on the finish display brash youthfulness with a long life ahead. Delicious. #vajra

May 26th, 2020
Andrew Keenan

2013. Beautiful Barolo

2013. Beautiful Barolo

Jan 3rd, 2020
Andrew Keenan

2013. Outstanding wine, brought by a good friend.

2013. Outstanding wine, brought by a good friend.

Dec 29th, 2019
Ian Hamel

So drinkable, great value as always

So drinkable, great value as always

Oct 20th, 2019