Albe is a tribute to the masters of the 1950s and 60s, to those winemakers who had the vision and the taste to blend some of the most amazing crus in order to achieve a Barolo of balance and charm. The Vaira family has turned out a magnificent set of Barolos at both their own winery and at Baudana. As always, the Barolos are all about finesse and nuance, very much like an artists' pencil etchings, where all the lines are totally delineated. Most importantly, the Vairas have developed a personal style that melds classicisim with a level of approachability that makes these wines so alluring, even upon release. Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media March 2020 This is a terrific offering from G.D Vajra, with innovative and clever wines ranging from the classic Barolo Bricco delle Viole to the informal Langhe Nebbiolo Claré J.C. Congratulations on these gorgeous wines. Monica Larner, Wine Advocate July 2020 G.D. Vajra 2016 Barolo Pre-Release Offer 2 The high-elevation vineyards for Barolo Albe have an exposure ranging from southsouth-east to south-west. The grapes are usually picked in the second half of the Nebbiolo harvest. Vinification is done in custom-designed vertical vats, with gentle punch down and pumpovers. Maceration lasts 25 days on average. Malolactic conversion occurs in stainless steel the following spring. Albe rests on average between 30 and 36 months in large (40, 50 and 75hL) Slavonian oak casks. The wine is usually racked once a year. Blending is decided in the spring prior to bottling. – Giuseppe Vaira
'This edition of Albe® is right up there with the 2010 and 2013 in terms of quality.
Red cherry, raspberry, roses, almond biscotti, mint and exotic spices. It’s medium-bodied, fresh and bright in red fruit flavour, but with a savoury tobacco and dried herb edge. Tannin is firm, with a fine chalk dust texture, and clean acidity drives it along so nicely. Finish is firm and long, with a pretty perfume as it goes. Charming, yet serious. It’s a really good release.' - 94+ points. Gary Walsh, Wine Front