This is the second vintage of Vajra’s Coste di Rose, a sandy cru in the southern end of the Barolo commune. The vines delivered an intensely floral wine in 2016, its flavors generous for a young Barolo. The wine unfolds toward flavors of ripe cherry and apple skin laced with notes of licorice and lavender, lifted by vibrant acidity. Lush and layered, this will only get better with age.
96 points, Wine & Spirits (Dec 2020)
Dusty cherry, black currant, eucalyptus and hay aromas and flavors highlight this energetic red. There is purity to the beam of fruit, and while the structure is muscular, the lasting impression is of sweet fruit. Best from 2023 through 2045. 400 cases made.
95 points, Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Oct 2020)
This has some very attractive rose perfume and anise spice with raspberry, redcurrant and red-cherry aromas. Blueberry pastry, too. So perfumed. The palate has very fine, almost crystalline tannins and such intense, juicy and vivaciously delivered flavors of essence-like red fruit. So precise. Drinkable now, but with potential for long-term cellaring.
95 points, James Suckling (Aug 2020)
Boasting a lithe, mid-weight style and a very silky finish, the G.D. Vajra 2016 Barolo Coste di Rose is fragrant, floral and delicate. The bouquet here is almost all wild rose, violet and honeysuckle or jasmine. The fruity component of the wine is fine and light with cassis, white cherry and cranberry. Fruit comes from a 1.5-hectare parcel inside the Coste di Rose cru with a high percentage of well-draining sandy soils that contribute to the wine's graceful textural embroidery. There is a hint of cherry or raspberry sweetness on the finish. A mere 4,800 bottles are hitting the market now. This is the second vintage produced.
94 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Jul 2020)
The 2016 Barolo Coste di Rose is plump, juicy and forward - all qualities that make it one of the more approachable wines in the Vajra range. Plump dark cherry, plum, licorice, spice and menthol all flesh out in a racy, juicy Barolo that will drink well right out of the gate. Plush fruit and silky tannins add to the wine's voluptuous feel and early accessibility. This is very good, but it is not particularly complex.
94 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Feb 2020)
Red berry, rose, dark spice and menthol form the nose while the graceful palate offers juicy Marasca cherry, strawberry compote and licorice. Bright acidity and polished tannins provide support and impart finesse. Drink through 2031.
94 points, Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast (Sep 2020)