G.D. Vajra Freisa Kye 2021


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“The 2021 Langhe Freisa Kye is redolent of black cherry, herbs, licorice and spice. The Vajra children are picking this fruit 15-20 days earlier than their parents did, a sign at the new generation taking on a more prominent role at the winery. These transitions take time. The old Kye, the wine made my parents Aldo and Milena Vajra, was one the most distinctive wines in Piedmont. This version is good, but not anywhere as distinctive. I am reminded of the old adage: “It it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Drinking window: 2024-2033. 93 points

There’s plenty to like in these new releases from the Vajra family. Starting with the 2020 Barolos, the wines are gracious and finely sketched, with the personality of each wine clearly defined. The Bricco delle Viole is especially sublime and well worth seeking out. As always, the Barolos offer a compelling mix of classicism and contemporary finesse. The entry-level offerings are a bit mixed this year, largely a reflection of the challenging 2022 harvest. Readers will find several new wines made from nearly extinct varieties that show plenty of intrigue and that are sure to enrich this range going forward.”

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (01/24)