Full Pull Piedmont

Hello friends. A pair of reoffers today from the queen and king of Piedmont: Barbaresco and Barolo.

2010 Veglio Barbaresco
Originally offered January 26, 2015. Excerpts from the original: It remains exceedingly rare to see sub-$25 Barbaresco, especially from a classic Piedmont vintage like 2010 (at this point, the vast majority of 2010s have cleared the market). And this wine in particular is kind of a ghost. While it’s exported regularly to northern Europe, it very rarely turns up in the United States.

Veglio presents an honest Nebbiolo nose from a cooler year, with lots of chamomile and red cherry along with streaks of menthol and tar. The palate is full of earthy notes and tea leaves, and as usual with Nebbiolo, this will shine with a good meal much more so than as a cocktail wine. The structure is quite accessible for Nebbiolo, the tannins softer and more approachable than usual for this category. All that to say: this isn’t a wine you’d need to sit on for years and years; it brings plenty of pleasure, plenty of immediate gratification.

Wine Enthusiast (Kerin O’Keefe): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 92pts.”

2011 G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe
Originally offered November 20, 2015. This has been out of stock in Seattle for months, but a new container is just about to hit the docks, and it comes with a spanking new Spectator review, from the April 30 issue.

Wine Spectator (Bruce Sanderson): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”

Here are our excerpts from the original offer: “Barolo” and “value” don’t generally go together, which helps explain why we offer them so rarely, but this Albe is a strong value indeed, and compares favorably to many a $50-$100 Cru from other Piemontese producers. We’ve offered the three previous vintages of Albe, and at prices as high as [TEXT WITHHELD]. I think the weaker Euro is helping our pricing even more today.

Here’s how the Vajra family describes Albe: [TEXT WITHHELD].

For those counting at home, those three vineyards are Fossati, Coste di Vergne, and La Volta. The wine spends three years in large Slavonian oak before bottling. Listed alc is 14.5%, not surprising for a warmer vintage whose best wines Galloni has described as “radiant, open and already quite expressive.” The nose is classic Barolo: the blackest of black cherries, paired to tarry streaks and rose petals and tobacco leaf. In the mouth this is supple, smooth, easy-drinking; all three descriptors that I rarely write about Barolo, but there you have it: it is an immediate-gratification play to be sure. Very rich and creamy on the attack and mid-palate, it’s not until we roll into the finish that Barolo’s signature tannic heft comes into play, adding a toothsome leafy finish that reminds us what part of the world we’re playing in. I want to braise some tough cut to fork tenderness, gently settle it on a pillow of polenta, and crack a bottle of Albe.

Wine Enthusiast (Kerin O’Keefe): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”

Please limit order requests to 12 bottles total (mix and match as you like), and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The Veglio is already in the warehouse, and the Albe should arrive in a week or two, at which point both wines will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.

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