FP In The News UPDATE: I’m pleased to announce that Full Pull has been named to the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in Washington for 2014, a great honor for our entire team. The honor also belongs to you, our wonderful list members, who have been such tireless advocates for Full Pull and who have been so instrumental in our rapid growth. Thank you. And thanks also to our partner wineries and importer/wholesalers, who provide us with such exceptional wines to write about and to drink.
PSBJ will reveal the actual rankings – in a countdown from 100 to 1 – at a reception on October 9. I’ll be sure to let you all know where we land on the final list!
Saturday Pickup REMINDER: We have our next set of bonus Saturday pickup hours for TPU members on Saturday Sept 13, from 10am-2pm. For those of you beginning to think about holiday gifts, we’re going to have a handful of our Full Pull & Friends wines open to sample and available to purchase, including sneak-preview tastings of the final two FP&F releases of 2014. List members and their invited guests are welcome to come by. As usual, we expect it to be a busy day, so please do e-mail us if you’re planning to come in.
Hello friends. The Piemontese wines of GD Vajra have been a huge hit among our list members at all points along the price spectrum. Recall Antonio Galloni praising the winery a few years ago: “This is another superb set of wines from Aldo and Milena Vajra. What else is new? I am sure one day the Vajras will receive the broader recognition they so richly deserve. In the meantime, savvy readers know the exceptional quality these wines deliver for what remain very modest prices.”
There was a multi-year window where Vajra wines were not being imported into Seattle at all. That changed in 2013, when one of our terrific import partners began direct-importing them from Italy. I still remember that first tasting where I sampled through the lineup and was just blown away by the quality-for-price.
We were on this producer right from the start of their reintroduction to the market, and that is paying dividends, as once under-the-radar Vajra is drawing more and more attention (as you’ll see from the pair of reviews below). Today’s wine is currently floating on a container ship and should arrive in early October. Because of our previous support for Vajra, we’re being asked to send along our wish list, and I have a sneaking suspicion we’ll get what we ask for. Reorder prospects are murkier. Once this wine lands, smack in the middle of autumn Barolo season and with the press it already has in hand, I’m thinking it’ll disappear quickly.
“Value” and “Barolo” are two words that usually cause cognitive dissonance. Vajra transcends all that. I don’t have a great note on this wine (I tasted a pre-arrival bottle at an importer tasting a few months ago, and it’s difficult to write proper notes at those tastings), but the stars and exclamation points next to the bottle tell the story. I remember thinking at the time that Albe is going to wind up as a $60 bottle someday. Fortunately that day is not today.
Wine Enthusiast (Kerin O’Keefe): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94 pts.”
Vinous (Antonio Galloni): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94 pts.”
To put Galloni’s review into some context, I’ll note that in his set of reviews of 2010 Barolos back in January, the wines with stronger reviews than the 2010 Albe ranged in price from $70-$715, with average price of $196.61 and median of $142.50. Albe is without question one of the finest values of the 2010s. It’s a real beauty, a herald of this shimmering vintage in Barolo. Please limit order requests to 12 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.