G.D. Vajra

Albe Barolo Nebbiolo

9.152 ratings
9.14 pro ratings
Barolo, Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy
Nebbiolo
Top Notes For
Sipping Fine Wine

Medium Ruby with aromas of red fruits, floral and new leather notes. On the palate cherry and plum fruits with tobacco and pepper spice. Firm chewy tannins, savory on a medium+ finish ending with notes of oak, mineral and earthy character. Assessable for a ‘16, drinking well now and will benefit with some age.

Medium Ruby with aromas of red fruits, floral and new leather notes. On the palate cherry and plum fruits with tobacco and pepper spice. Firm chewy tannins, savory on a medium+ finish ending with notes of oak, mineral and earthy character. Assessable for a ‘16, drinking well now and will benefit with some age.

Nov 4th, 2020
Fredrik Finn

GD Vajra Barolo Albe, my first wine-aha moment, the white rabbit which I followed down the rabbit hole into the wonderland of wine. The 2016 vintage does of course not awake the same tingling experience as back then, nevertheless it is a very solid perforermer and a well representative of its provenance, probably one of the better Barolos of Systembolagets standard assortment.
Primary red fruit with fresh raspberries, red cherries, rose hip and cherry liqueur followed by a perfumed lift of rose water and bitter orange with a vague, but nonetheless present savoury meat stock character that is luring in the background. A mouth watering acidity and a strong grip from the high but approachable and fine grained tannins directs the palate and surrounds the red, slightly tart (cranberries) but pleasant fruit character through a good finish. Give it a couple of hours in the decanter and a nice spin in your glass and its will drink beautifully today. Falls a bit short on the length to qualify for the higher division but it can walk out the ring with its head held high.

GD Vajra Barolo Albe, my first wine-aha moment, the white rabbit which I followed down the rabbit hole into the wonderland of wine. The 2016 vintage does of course not awake the same tingling experience as back then, nevertheless it is a very solid perforermer and a well representative of its provenance, probably one of the better Barolos of Systembolagets standard assortment.
Primary red fruit with fresh raspberries, red cherries, rose hip and cherry liqueur followed by a perfumed lift of rose water and bitter orange with a vague, but nonetheless present savoury meat stock character that is luring in the background. A mouth watering acidity and a strong grip from the high but approachable and fine grained tannins directs the palate and surrounds the red, slightly tart (cranberries) but pleasant fruit character through a good finish. Give it a couple of hours in the decanter and a nice spin in your glass and its will drink beautifully today. Falls a bit short on the length to qualify for the higher division but it can walk out the ring with its head held high.

Oct 30th, 2020
Jim Gallagher

I’m buying more.

I’m buying more.

1 person found it helpfulAug 12th, 2020
Josh Morgenthau

Delicious. Brimming with fresh cherries, plums, raisin, violets, and a pleasant sweetness on the palate. Delicate tannins should help it last for years but very enjoyable now.

Delicious. Brimming with fresh cherries, plums, raisin, violets, and a pleasant sweetness on the palate. Delicate tannins should help it last for years but very enjoyable now.

1 person found it helpfulJun 20th, 2020
Katherine Hurt

Drinkable. Not heavy medium bodied. Fruity.

Drinkable. Not heavy medium bodied. Fruity.

Feb 21st, 2021
Becky lyttle

Barolo for $50? Can’t beat this grape at this price point. Enjoyed it on its own and alongside filet mignon.

Barolo for $50? Can’t beat this grape at this price point. Enjoyed it on its own and alongside filet mignon.

Feb 19th, 2021
Arthur Boccuti

If you love Barolo, as I do, don't buy this one. I purchased a 2010 vintage some time ago and it was just a mediocre. A wine supplier I use advised his clients that the 2016 was very good. Do since it was price right I bought some. I opened a bottle about 5 hours ago and am now having a glass. The color is good. It has good legs on the glass. But the nose is unappealing. It smells chemically and wet grass. The palate is bitter. The wine is thin. It it has little body, and no depth. And leaves an unpleasant after taste.

If you love Barolo, as I do, don't buy this one. I purchased a 2010 vintage some time ago and it was just a mediocre. A wine supplier I use advised his clients that the 2016 was very good. Do since it was price right I bought some. I opened a bottle about 5 hours ago and am now having a glass. The color is good. It has good legs on the glass. But the nose is unappealing. It smells chemically and wet grass. The palate is bitter. The wine is thin. It it has little body, and no depth. And leaves an unpleasant after taste.

Feb 12th, 2021
Andrew Schirmer

Delicious...we gave it five hours in the decanter. Attractive darkness mid-palate. Herbaceous, dried thyme, cherries, attenuated finish. Clear, singing Nebbiolo with a long life ahead of it.

Delicious...we gave it five hours in the decanter. Attractive darkness mid-palate. Herbaceous, dried thyme, cherries, attenuated finish. Clear, singing Nebbiolo with a long life ahead of it.

Jan 18th, 2021
Matthew Bostwick

Very fruit forward initial hit, but not too sweet.

Very fruit forward initial hit, but not too sweet.

Jan 17th, 2021
Raj Ajrawat

I want to age this next time

I want to age this next time

Jan 10th, 2021