2017 G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe
Deep dark red colour with black shaded edges and a dark red hue. The nose is adorned with beautiful scents of red cherry, red raspberry, rose petal and subtle tobacco notes which are trailed by earth, dried herb and hints of spicy leather. Rich and chewy yet light on its feet the palate delivers a power house of delicious red raspberry, cherry and red liquorice fruits. Vibrant acidity combines with a stern tannin structure. Elements of earth, tobacco, dried herbs and spice linger on the dry grippy finish. The aftertaste very long, elegant and bright.
Cellar 6-8 years.
This is one of the most accessible and trustworthy wines you can buy from Piedmont. Keeping in line with past vintages, the G.D. Vajra 2017 Barolo Albe opens to medium concentration and a very expressive or fruit-forward bouquet. This hot-climate 2017 edition shows a little more ripeness and roundness as is to be expected, but these results are a safe bet nonetheless. Cherry and raspberry aromas are followed by blue flower and pressed violets. Set this bottle aside for medium or long-term drinking. Drink 2023 - 2038.
Monica Larner - Wine Advocate (June 2021)
The 2017 Barolo Albe is exquisite. Bright and beautifully lifted, the 2017 Albe is a wine of pure and total pleasure. All the elements come together so gracefully. Crushed flowers, red berries, mint, cinnamon and lavender are some of the many notes that open in the glass. The 2017 is so nicely done in the way it captures the radiance of the year and the classicism that runs through all these wines. Vineyard sites are Fossati, Costa di Vergne and Le Volte. Drink 2022 - 2032.
Antonio Galloni - Vinous
Fresh and floral aromas with plum, orange peel and some cedar follow through to a medium body with fine tannins and a fresh finish. Very drinkable now, but will improve with age.
Red berry, rose and camphor aromas waft out of the glass. Tangy and delicious, the smooth, full-bodied palate doles out ripe Marasca cherry, fleshy raspberry and hints of ground baking spice framed in taut, polished tannins. It's already accessible but also has good midterm aging potential. Drink 2022–2029.
Kerin O'Keefe - Wine Enthusiast