Vajra keeps getting better and better and this barolo is a traditional blend of three vineyards; Fossati, Coste di Vergne and La Volta. Grapes are hand picked from very high altitude, above 400 m. A 40 days of maceration was conducted here and the grape juice was raised in neutral big barrels of both Slavonian and French origin.
Totally transparent, glowingly blood orange colour with red purple nuances.
The nose emerges immediately with animal notes, raw meat and distinct cherry stone. After just two more hours in the decanter, surprisingly, the dominating animal notes fade totally and give way for a much more balanced, refined and classic nose of anise seed, beeswax, some green curry, sage, leather, subtle raw rubber, distinct dried Mediterranean herbs, spices and notes of tobacco. Actually, the first might have been a unique bottle, because a second one was great directly. Some quite seductive violets, rose hip and cinnamon cookies arrive as part of a quite complex, dense and aristocratic perfume some hours later that usually is enjoyed in more expensive wines. An amazing change on the nose in just a few hours really, so follow this wine.
On the palate it is amazingly pliant, impressively balanced and tannins are still young, but soft, velvety; all in accordance with this fantastic vintage, but obviously not perfect yet though. Acidity is impressively clean and super-balsamically crisp wrapping deep minerals, beeswax, notes of dry liquorice and some menthol. Pure, chewy and very racy black cherries, sloe berries and cherry stone as well as notes of chewing tobacco. It is focused, persistent and offers some elegance that is impressive at this price-level.
A very complex, delightfully fresh, quite elegant and so far the most price-worthy Barolo in this great vintage. Open in 2019 to let the tannins polymerise to perfection, even though it is approachable now. Cost about €24.