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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 Pinot Nero 2019

    £27.25

    Review to follow

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  • Gaja Barbaresco 2016

    £169.99

    “Gaja’s 2016 Barbaresco is positively stellar. A wine of poise and grace, the 2016 has so much to offer. Expressive spice and floral notes open up first, but what really stands out is the wine’s nuance and delineation. There is a sense of translucency to the 2016 that is impossible to miss. Sweet red cherry, mint, cinnamon and rose petal develop in the glass, adding further shades of nuance. Quite simply, the 2016 is one of the very finest Gaja Barbarescos in recent memory. This is such a gorgeous wine. Don’t miss it. Drinking window: 2026-2041. 96 points

    I have had many remarkable tastings at Gaja over the years. I remember revisiting all the 1989s and 1990s for a retrospective some years ago. When I entered the tasting room I was completely overwhelmed by a whole range of exotic, almost intoxicating, Nebbiolo aromas that completely filled the room. My most recent visit didn’t quite equal that high, but it came very close. The Gaja family’s 2016 Barbarescos are simply extraordinary. Sorì Tildìn is, arguably, the most profound of the wines, but all four 2016s are mind blowingly beautiful, vivid wines that will leave readers weak at the knees. The 2015 Barolos and 2013 Darmagi round out this stunning set of new releases.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (11/19)

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  • Giulia Negri Barolo La Tartufaia 2018

    £44.95

    “Following a three-year conversion process, Giulia Negri (Serradenari) is now a certified organic winery. The vineyard team adopted Simonit & Sirch pruning methods for old Guyot vines that reduce infection spots and keep the vines in good health. A new winery construction project was set to start this year, but it has been postponed temporarily because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Unfortunately, high-altitude vineyards in La Morra are sometimes vulnerable to bad weather and hail. A violent storm in 2019 caused big damage, and 40% of the fruit was lost. Giulia Negri farms some of the highest vineyards in Barolo, planted at 450 to 536 meters above sea level. They boast sweeping views of the Italian Alps with clear air, breezes and light. But weather can sometimes be an issue.

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (07/20)

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  • Giulia Negri Barolo Marassio 2015

    £84.95

    “From a warm and sunny vintage, the Giulia Negri 2015 Barolo Marassio offers a delicate little dance of purple fruit aromas with some tart cherry and raspberry sprinkled in there along the way. You might notice a slightly (very slightly) richer fabric here, and that touch of plumpness and fiber is entirely recognized in the characteristics of this vintage. The finish is mild in power and moderate in length. These qualities give the wine a near to medium-term drinking window. Only 2,500 bottles were released. Drink: 2023-2040. 93 points

    Following a three-year conversion process, Giulia Negri (Serradenari) is now a certified organic winery. The vineyard team adopted Simonit & Sirch pruning methods for old Guyot vines that reduce infection spots and keep the vines in good health. A new winery construction project was set to start this year, but it has been postponed temporarily because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Unfortunately, high-altitude vineyards in La Morra are sometimes vulnerable to bad weather and hail. A violent storm in 2019 caused big damage, and 40% of the fruit was lost. Giulia Negri farms some of the highest vineyards in Barolo, planted at 450 to 536 meters above sea level. They boast sweeping views of the Italian Alps with clear air, breezes and light. But weather can sometimes be an issue.”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (07/20)

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  • Oddero Barolo Vignarionda Riserva 2012

    £154.95

    “At nearly ten years of age, the 2012 Barolo Riserva Vigna Rionda is a terrific choice for readers who want to enjoy a Rionda with a bit of bottle age. Moreover, the 2012 is a wine of pure charm and seduction, which makes it a joy to taste today. Lavender, rose petal, blood orange, star anise, spice, earthiness and red/purplish fruit convey the inner perfume that is such a Rionda signature. The 2012 doesn’t quite have the complexity or structure of some vintages, but that does not attract from its tremendous appeal. There is more than enough energy and tannic grip to ensure for another 15-20 years of fine drinking, maybe more, so readers can drink or hold. The classically austere finish will delight fans of traditionally made Barolo. Drinking window: 2022-2042. 94 points”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (02/21)

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  • Oddero Barolo Villero 2017

    £67.45

    “The 2017 Barolo Villero is delicate and lifted in this vintage, with impeccable balance and tons of class. Villero is not an easy site to find balance, but the 2017 Oddero sure has it. Sweet cherry, crushed raspberry, rose petal, orange peel and cinnamon give the 2017 lovely aromatic nuance to match its mid-weight personality. Drinking window: 2025-2037. 93 points!”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (02/21)

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  • Produttori Nebbiolo di Carema Carema Classico 2018

    £23.25

    “The 2018 Carema is a terrific introduction to these wines. Bright and airy in feel, the 2018 is laced with the essence of sweet candied cherry, game, licorice, tobacco, dried flowers and incense. In a nutshell, this is what Carema is all about. The 2018 is just a bit rustic and gamy, but it makes up for that with its personality and overall expression of the appellation. Drinking window: 2020-2030. 91 points

    The Produttori di Carema cooperative is a terrific source for readers who want to explore the ethereal, classically built Nebbiolos of this tiny appellation on the Piedmont- Valle d’Aosta border.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (03/22)

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  • Produttori Nebbiolo di Carema Carema Riserva 2017

    £27.99

    “The 2017 Carema Riserva is a touch forward in profile, but that’s not a bad thing at all, especially for readers looking for a wine to drink now. Sweet red cherry, mint, tobacco, dried herbs and orange peel show the gentle mellowing of a Carema that is entering its early plateau of maturity. Drink this over the next handful of years. Drinking window: 2021-2027. 90 points

    The Produttori di Carema cooperative is a terrific source for readers who want to explore the ethereal, classically built Nebbiolos of this tiny appellation on the Piedmont- Valle d’Aosta border.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (03/22)

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  • Produttori Nebbiolo di Carema Carema Selezione 2016

    £54.99

    “The Produttori di Carema cooperative has been on a tear in recent vintages. These traditionally crafted mountain wines offer so much Nebbiolo character. This year the range includes a new offering, the Carema Selezione, bottled to celebrate the winery’s 60th anniversary.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/20)

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