2010 G.D. Vajra, Langhe Nebbiolo, Piedmonte, Italy.
I know it has become cliche to say “Baby Barolo” and almost passe, but if there ever was such a thing this wine would be the poster child for the niche! G.D. Vajra’s beautiful Langhe Nebbiolo is so pure and true it is hard to describe in a way that does not lead you back to the Barolo comparisons, as it truly is as good and as much in reality, as it comes from Barolo vineyards and has the same sense of terroir and complexity. While many Langhe Nebbioli are lighter versions, or younger vines, or lots that were not good enough for the Barolo bottling, nothing could be father from the truth here in Vajra’s expression, this wine is deep, intriguing and full of intensity. The nose is full of rose petals, dried flowers, tar, tea spice and fennel leading to a dense palate of red cherries, raspberry and plum sauce while mineral, pepper and salted licorice add complexity. There is good acidity and refined, though firm tannins hold things together and savory balsamic notes giving a mouthwatering verve, and with air a gamey truffle note shines through along with plenty of lingering fruit. This is fantastic Nebbiolo that can be drunk now, or can go another 5-7 years, and it is a super value, and I hope I get a few bottles for myself, this is the real deal.
($30 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive

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