The G.D. Vajra 2018 Barbera d'Alba sees fruit sourced from different sites in Barolo that represent the three main soil types of the area. The wine goes through a simple stainless steel winemaking process, and this cool vintage delivers focused and linear aromas. You get dark fruit and cassis with some soft earthy tones and a hint of tobacco leaf. This is a steady, mid-weight wine to pair with foods cooked with butter or cream. Maybe a nice risotto? The balanced acidity you get here will cut through those foods. Some 36,000 bottles were released earlier this year.
88 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Jul 2020)