Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba 2011
Vajra's 2011 Dolcetto d'Alba emerges from the glass with blackberries, smoke, game and incense. This is a decidedly dark, brooding Dolcetto that at times recalls Syrah in its flavor profile. Firm tannins frame the long, insistent finish. This is a fabulous showing and a serious over achiever.
Editorial Reviews for Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba
All SS, different vineyards from Novello, Sinio, Barolo, Vergne, Serralunga Very pretty on the nose complex, gently fruit and wide open with a blend of cherry, a hint of blueberry, woodsy spice and herb fruit. On entry this is bright, fresh and vivid in the mouth with slightly edgy, very pure floral, wild sage and juniper accented red berry fruit. Some mild tannins offer a bit of support but don’t get in the way of enjoying this flora,l fresh and fruity Dolcetto. 88pts
So silky smooth and full for a dolcetto! Incredible. Deep dark ruby red. Not a very fruity intense nose but get earthy dusty and slightly floral notes. medium-full bodied on the palate. Incredibly balanced, velvety with black berries and a long lasting marzipan peeled raw almond aftertaste! Smoothest dolcetto I have ever drank!
The nose was earthy and floral with dark, mixed berry notes, hints of mountain herbs and chalky minerals. On the palate it was light to medium bodied with juicy acidity as notes of blackberry, with an herbal quality framed silky tannins that lasted through the long finish. I really enjoyed this value oriented wine with tons of character. When it was first opened, at cellar temp, it was easy drinking and great with dinner. However, as it rose to room temperature, this easy drinking beauty gained weight and lots of dark Dolcetto character. Plus, with it's firm structure making an appearance on the palate, I have to wonder what this wine may become with another year in the cellar. (90 points)
This is a very nice medium-bodied red that can be enjoyed with rich fowl dishes, roast meats or hearty pasta dishes.
External Reviews for Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba
Piedmont, ItalyVajra Dolcetto d'Alba is a red wine gem from Piedmont made from the Dolcetto grape, "little sweet one," named for its naturally low acidity. But Dolcetto can be anything but little or sweet. The estate of G.D. Vajra, situated in Vergne the highest village in the Commune of Barolo, was established in 1972 by Giuseppe Domenico. Milena and Aldo Vaira are the current owners. Both have worked the vineyards since the early 1970s. Vajra currently owns 40 sustainably farmed hectares in such strategic spots as Bricco delle Viole, Fossati, La Volta, Coste di Vergne. The vineyards are planted with Nebbiolo, Dolcetto and Barbera at elevations between 350-400 meters, which results in distinctive and aromatic wines. This wine received a rating of 90 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. In the words of its tough critic Antonio Galloni, "Aldo and Milena Vajra craft some of the most beautiful, original wines in all of Italy. This is a fabulous showing and a serious over achiever." Don't miss it!Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba is dark violet in color with a nose and flavors of cherries, red berries, mint, licorice and mineral notes. It is fruit-forward and food-friendly, with no oak. Enjoy now through 2017. The finish is long and pleasing.Enjoy Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba with lasagna, roast duck, grilled chicken and vegetarian dishes.