Hello friends. Here is Antonio Galloni, writing about GD Vajra back in autumn 2011:
Wine Advocate (Antonio Galloni): “[TEXT WITHHELD].”
Galloni has proven to be something of a savant. The “broader recognition” he mentioned arrived this March, when Wine Spectator gave Vajra’s 2008 Barolo Albe a 94pt review, vaulting it into a pole position for a spot in their year-end Top 100 list.
An insider’s winery in the Piedmont that is on the cusp of blowing up? Sounds like a perfect fit for Full Pull. Why then, you might ask, have we not offered the wines of Vajra before?
Simple: it has been years since Vajra’s wines have been imported into Washington state.
But that’s all about to change. One of our wholesale partners has picked up the Vajra reins and will be direct-importing the portfolio into Seattle, and we’ll have access to several of the cherries, beginning with today’s offering:
“Barolo” and “value” don’t generally go together, which helps explain why we offer them so rarely, but Vajra is a legitimate value in the Piedmont, and this Albe is a strong value indeed. I had a chance to taste it at a sneak-preview tasting, where it bested several of the $50-$100 Crus from other Piemontese producers, and immediately staked our claim to as much as possible.
At that point, the Seattle-bound parcel was on the MSC Mara, floating along in the northern Pacific Ocean. Because we made an early commitment, we were able to secure some aggressive pricing (this is front-lined at $42); hence our ability to offer a $35 Barolo today.
Now the container has arrived, and our stash is ready to hit the warehouse. The wine has classic Barolo aromas, with plump dark cherries, rose petals, and a big fat tarry streak running right down the middle. It’s gateway-drug territory into the world of high-end Nebbiolo, with just enough chew to the leafy dusty tannins to remind you you’re drinking Barolo, but with enough softness, pliancy, approachability to offer something that doesn’t need to be cellared for twenty years. I’m thrilled that one of the best value producers in the Piedmont is back in the Seattle market, and I’m even more thrilled that we can offer Vajra’s wines.
Please limit order requests to 6 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wine should arrive in about a week, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.