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  • Ferrando Carema Etichetta Nera 2017

    £89.99

    “The 2017 Carema Etichetta Nera is laced with wild cherry, spice, leather, cedar and dried herbs. A wine of amplitude and power, the 2017 has a lot to offer. I would cellar it for a few years to allow some of the formidable tannins to soften. Over the last few years, the oak impact has come down in this bottling, which is certainly a positive development. Drinking window: 2025-2037. 93 points

    Ferrando has long been the leading producer in the tiny appellation of Carema. The Etichetta Bianca and Etichetta Nera are reference-points. This year, though, I was especially taken by the Rosso Torazza, a wine that delivers tremendous quality and value.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (03/22)

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  • Francesco Rinaldi Barbera d’Alba 2019

    £23.99

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  • Francesco Rinaldi Barolo 2018

    £47.99

    “The 2018 Barolo is a delicate, pretty wine with plenty of immediacy and overall appeal. Naturally, the 2018 is a small-scaled wine, but all the elements are nicely balanced. This is nicely done and also quite promising, in its peer group. Drinking window: 2024-2036. 88-90 points

    I tasted all of the 2018 Barolos at Francesco Rinaldi from cask, as the wines had not been bottled at the time of my November visit, which is standard for this domaine. I chose not to include notes on the new Barolo from Rocche dell’Annunziata and the Riserva, as I felt SO2 levels were low. That is not unusual, but it can make wines hard to evaluate accurately. So far, the vintage looks promising. “The older vines definitely fared best,” Paola Rinaldi told me as we ran through the vines. Harvest started on October 10, which is on the later side in 2018.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (02/22)

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  • Francesco Rinaldi Barolo Brunate 2017

    £54.99

    “The 2017 Barolo Brunate shows off its brawn and size. Firm, muscular tannins wrap around a core of sweet red berry fruit, iron, dried herbs, licorice, tobacco and brambly, earthy notes. I would give the 2017 at least a handful of years in bottle. It has good depth if, naturally, not quite the volume of the very best years. Drinking window: 2025-2047. 94 points”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (02/21)

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  • Francesco Rinaldi Barolo Cannubi 2017

    £69.99

    “The 2017 Barolo Cannubi is sensual, polished and a real delight to taste. Soft and effusive, with lovely aromatic presence, the Cannubi will drink well with minimal cellaring. Sweet dried cherry, mint, spice, crushed rose petal and sweet pipe tobacco all grace this super-appealing, mid-weight Barolo from the Rinaldi family. The 2017 is a bit light, but it is super delicious today. Drinking window: 2025-2047. 93+ points”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (02/21)

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  • G.D. Vajra Barbera d’Alba Superiore 2020

    £34.99

    The 2020 Barbera d’Alba Superiore emerges from Bricco Bertone in Sinio, just outside the Barolo zone. Black cherry, gravel, spice, menthol and leather confer gravitas to this very young Barbera. The Superiore has a track record of aging exquisitely. I wouldn’t dream of touching a bottle anytime soon. This is one of the most under the radar wines in all of Piedmont. Drinking window: 2025-2035. 93+ points”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/21)

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  • G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe 2017

    £37.49

    “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. Drinking window: 2022-2032. 91 points

    The Vajra family produced a bevy of stellar wines from both their estates, G.D. Vajra in Barolo and Baudana in Serralunga. The 2017s are deep, fleshy and impeccably balanced. All of the 2017s were fermented in steel, where they spent 50-60 days on the skins, including submerged cap maceration at the end. Aging was done mostly in cask, with some smaller neutral oak barrels.

    “Most of our work in the vineyard is done by June,” Aldo Vajra told me. “What vines don’t like are sudden changes, so we try to do most of our work early. It’s not just the heat that is an issue, but also direct sunlight on the berries. In 2017 we left a little more fruit on the vine in order to maintain freshness and delay harvest as much as possible.””

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (02/21)

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  • G.D. Vajra Barolo Bricco delle Viole 2017

    £69.99

    “The 2017 Barolo Bricco delle Viole is classy and elegant to the core. Medium in body and wonderfully translucent, the 2017 captures all of the finesse of this site. Naturally, the 2017 also shows the ripeness of the year, but it retains its sublime sense of poise. The 2017 Bricco delle Viole is one of the clear stand outs of the year. Drinking window: 2025-2042. 95 points

    The Vajra family produced a bevy of stellar wines from both their estates, G.D. Vajra in Barolo and Baudana in Serralunga. The 2017s are deep, fleshy and impeccably balanced. All of the 2017s were fermented in steel, where they spent 50-60 days on the skins, including submerged cap maceration at the end. Aging was done mostly in cask, with some smaller neutral oak barrels.

    “Most of our work in the vineyard is done by June,” Aldo Vajra told me. “What vines don’t like are sudden changes, so we try to do most of our work early. It’s not just the heat that is an issue, but also direct sunlight on the berries. In 2017 we left a little more fruit on the vine in order to maintain freshness and delay harvest as much as possible.””

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (02/21)

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  • G.D. Vajra Barolo Coste di Rose 2017

    £54.99

    “The 2017 Barolo Coste di Rose is pretty, supple and inviting. Some of the tannins need to resolve, but this is a young Barolo after all. The Coste di Rose doesn’t have the sensuality of the Albe or the pedigree of the Viole, but it nevertheless has so much to give. Crushed flowers, sweet red berry fruit, mint, crushed rocks and sage are some of the many notes that linger. I won’t be surprised if the 2017 is even better than this note suggests once it softens a bit. Drinking window: 2025-2042. 93 points

    The Vajra family produced a bevy of stellar wines from both their estates, G.D. Vajra in Barolo and Baudana in Serralunga. The 2017s are deep, fleshy and impeccably balanced. All of the 2017s were fermented in steel, where they spent 50-60 days on the skins, including submerged cap maceration at the end. Aging was done mostly in cask, with some smaller neutral oak barrels.

    “Most of our work in the vineyard is done by June,” Aldo Vajra told me. “What vines don’t like are sudden changes, so we try to do most of our work early. It’s not just the heat that is an issue, but also direct sunlight on the berries. In 2017 we left a little more fruit on the vine in order to maintain freshness and delay harvest as much as possible.””

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (02/21)

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  • G.D. Vajra Barolo Ravera 2017

    £65.75

    “The 2017 Barolo Ravera is gorgeous right out of the gate. I am so impressed with its depth and pedigree. Rose petal, sweet red berry fruit, lavender, spice and dried herbs are all finely delineated in a Barolo of tremendous presence. Orange peel, cinnamon and cedar develop later, adding shades of dimension. Time in the glass brings out the wine’s stature and power. The 2017 is going to be fascinating to follow. Today, it is just breathtaking. That’s all there is to it. Drinking window: 2025-2041. 95 points

    The Vajra family produced a bevy of stellar wines from both their estates, G.D. Vajra in Barolo and Baudana in Serralunga. The 2017s are deep, fleshy and impeccably balanced. All of the 2017s were fermented in steel, where they spent 50-60 days on the skins, including submerged cap maceration at the end. Aging was done mostly in cask, with some smaller neutral oak barrels.

    “Most of our work in the vineyard is done by June,” Aldo Vajra told me. “What vines don’t like are sudden changes, so we try to do most of our work early. It’s not just the heat that is an issue, but also direct sunlight on the berries. In 2017 we left a little more fruit on the vine in order to maintain freshness and delay harvest as much as possible.””

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (02/21)

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  • G.D. Vajra Freisa Kye 2017

    £38.49

    “The 2017 Langhe Freisa Kyé is polished, understated and supremely beautiful. Over the last few years, the Vajras have tamed some of the rusticity of Freisa, but there is still plenty of varietal character here. All the elements are very well balanced. Wild cherry, plum, spice, licorice, tobacco, grilled herbs and coffee abound. I would give the 2017 a year or two in bottle, as there is still a bit of edginess to the tannin. Then again, that is Freisa, when it is made with this level of ambition. Drinking window: 2023-2032. 94 points”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/21)

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  • G.D. Vajra Pinot Nero 2019

    £27.25

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