Vajra's 2013 Barolo Albe is beautifully perfumed, sensual and expressive in this vintage, with a bit less overt fruit and more aromatic/structural intensity than is often the case. The style of the Albe has always favored a more succulent expression of Nebbiolo that is quite different from the single-vineyard wines, but the 2013 suggests Vajra may be moving the Albe closer in line stylistically to their other Barolos, which I think is a positive. In any event, there is an element of restraint in the 2013 that is hugely appealing. The Albe is a blend of fruit from Fossati, Coste di Vergne and La Volta aged in 75 hectoliter casks. The Albe may be the single best value in Barolo today. As for the 2013, don't miss it!
Wine Enthusiast 94pts:
Intense floral scents of freshly cut roses and wild violets jump out of the glass. On the palate, dark cherry and crushed cherry twine with allspice, cinnamon, clove, leather and alpine herbs. All are partnered by assertive but supple tannins and fresh acidity. Best 2015-2030.
From the importer:
Produced from the vineyards of Fossati, Coste de Vergne and La Volta, this is "Barolo di Barolo", from fine terroirs located at medium altitude. With this wine Vajra seeks to express the true aromatic quality of the Nebbiolo grape along with its elegant body, harmonious structure and ripe tannins. Long ageing in Slavonian casks assures the preservation of primary fruit aromas and guarantees excellent ageing potential.
Complex orange notes add to notes of red fruit, flowers, pine and wild herbs. It shows good intensity and structure with ripe tannins. This is one of those rare wines that one can honestly say to drink now or hold for 5-10 years. It's that versatile and delicious.
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