G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe 2008
The nose showed ripe cherry, floral and tobacco notes with hints of herbs and cedar. On the palate, it was youthful yet still enjoyable with red berry fruits, licorice, and dark savory tones on a medium body showing excellent balance. The finish lingered for over a minute as ripe berry fruit slowly melted away from the palate to reveal a layer of fine tannin. (93 points)
D/H 2013-2020-The 2008 Barolo Albe is flat-out delicious. The Albe has often been a big step below the flagship Barolo Bricco delle Viole, but not in 2008. Although softer and rounder than that wine, there is plenty of vintage character in this vibrant, beautifully articulated Barolo. Sweet dark cherries, incense, licorice and tobacco are all wrapped around a pliant finish. The 2008 is accessible even today, and is a great – and I mean great – introductory Barolo for the year. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020. Score: 93+. —Antonio Galloni, October 2012. @ryebrook
Fruit berry grape with chocolate and a bit of butter in finish nice acidity
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The rose, strawberry and cherry aromas and flavors are beautifully displayed on an elegant frame in this pure and delicately wrought red, which shows harmony and depth. The fine lingering finish expresses energy, with a mineral element. Best from 2015 through 2032. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.
The 2008 Barolo Albe is flat-out delicious. The Albe has often been a big step below the flagship Barolo Bricco delle Viole, but not in 2008. Although softer and rounder than that wine, there is plenty of vintage character in this vibrant, beautifully articulated Barolo. Sweet dark cherries, incense, licorice and tobacco are all wrapped around a pliant finish. The 2008 is accessible even today, and is a great — and I mean great — introductory Barolo for the year. Anticipated maturity: 2013–2020.
The Albe is Vajra’s release of a “spectacular value Barolo that you drink while you’re waiting for our reserves to be ready to open,” and it succeeds at expressing a complex array of earth, rose petals and tart cherry and currant notes, for half the price of your average wine of this quality. Definitely pick up a few of these to give out at the holidays, or to serve at a special dinner.
G.D. Vajra's Albe 2008 shows a level of quality that rivals Barolos twice its price. Albe is the result of a traditional approach that blends Nebbiolo from three vineyards: Fossati, Coste di Vergne and La Volta. At 10 to 15 years old, the vines for Albe yield slightly higher than those for Vajra's Barolo Bricco delle Viole, and it's aged 30 months compared with Viole's 36 months in cask, allowing Albe's more competitive price. 7,000 cases made.
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