G. D. Vajra - Barolo

Vajra's wines have always struck me as quite pretty with early appeal yet the seem to lack a bit of depth in some cases. Today's wines continue in that vein with very pretty fruit and good aromatic complexity, yet the wines seem to lack a little follow through. The style straddles the line between modern and traditional and the house style definitely seems aimed for those who prefer not to have to wait for their Barolo to mature.

2009 G. D. Vajra Barolo Albe - Barolo

From vineyards in Fossati, Coste, and  la Volta

Very fruit driven on the nose,  bright and fresh and full of strawberry fruit edged with hints of tar, dried herbs, camphor, and white soil. With very soft tannins this is easy on entry  showing some polish to the  dark berry fruit, that is fresh a little spice note. The tannins and a hint of mint build on the backend. Elegant if seemingly a bit simple in the mouth though the  finish shows more depth and complexity than the midpalate, with tannins are abundant but the ripe soft tannins of the vintage. 89pts

2008 G. D. Vajra Barolo Bricco delle Viole - Barolo

Deeply profound nose, with layers of spice, black cherry, woodsy spice, and camphor. This really is  very precise and perfumed on the nose with  lovely floral top notes, though in the mouth it is rather assertively fruity for the vintage but not in the frooty sense, with some tarry notes adding some detail to the core of wild strawberry and wild cherry fruit. On the backend this turns a little woodsy aromatically. This is relatively open though it is noticeably less complex and interesting on the palate than the nose. 91pts