Vajra Albe Barolo 2015
Sourced from three Barolo crus: Fossati, Coste di Vergne and La Volta. Red fruits, aniseed, new leather, spice and roses. Youthful and primary aromatics, medium-bodied, ripples of smooth powdery tannin, a playful red fruit character, some tea flavour and a good long finish. It’s an excellent wine but needs some time to settle down. High potential for attractive drinking in a few years. 93+ Points. Drink: 2022 - 2033+. Tasted May 2019. Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.
This Barolo offers a more immediate approach, with lots of dark berry followed by spice, tilled earth and black truffle. The 2015 Barolo Albe pours to a medium dark color and lays out a mid-weight texture, with bright primary fruit that is expertly woven into the wine. It exposes clearly etched veins of acidity and some determinedly firm tannins. Despite the Albe's accessible personality, I recommend that you wait a few more years before popping the cork. 93 Points. Drink: 2022 - 2035. Monica Larner, June 2019 – RobertParker.com
The two notes above are spot-on. ‘Able’ is Vajra’s entry point to Barolo, and it does a fantastic job of providing some immediate enjoyment for a wine style that often cries out for some time in the cellar. This is medium bodied, vibrant and full of red berry fruit, some aperol-like flavors and botanicals, fine but present tannin and a big aromatic bouquet of roses, cranberry, pomegranate and blood orange. Now at 5 years of age it is ready to go. Ches Cook, FWC.