G.D. Vajra Langhe Rosso 2017

A surprise find under screw cap, this Langhe Rosso from G.D. Vajra and the 2017 vintage presents in a regional style. It’s actually a blend of nebbiolo, barbera and dolcetto, with a few others too. There are aromas of cherry and firm, chalky acidity and structure. This wine can be approached now, but it will suit a couple of years in the cellar. Rating: Good. Abv: 13.5%. Price: $30. Website: http://www.gdvajra.it/en/homepage. Reviewed: October 2019.

Malvira Langhe Nebbiolo 2012

When nebbiolo works it is just such an attractive wine.  This one from Malvira from the Langhe region in north western Italy is a great example.  It has floral and bitumen aromatics.  The palate has medium length, grippy tannins and a lovely balance to it.  One to buy.

Rating: Good to Very Good
Abv: 13.5%
Price: $40
Vendors and website: http://www.malvira.com
Tasted: 2016

Pio Cesare Il Nebbio Nebbiolo 2011

From the Langhe DOC in north western Italy, this 100% nebbiolo wine from Pio Cesare provides some glimpses of its more highly decorated neighbouring appellations, without ever really challenging.

The wine is a medium intensity ruby in colour in the glass, with plenty of fast moving tears on the side.  It has aromatics of cherry, earth and strawberry which initially were a little simple and disappointing, but settled to something more serious and enjoyable with time.  The palate is dry, and the tannins are powerful and perhaps a little hard.  Flavours are cherry and earth dominant and the length is just shy of medium.  Overall, this is a pretty good wine that delivers at its price point but no more, with some length, some fruit and some complexity.  It will benefit from decanting.  Good

Abv: 14%
Price: $30
Vendors: Check http://www.wine-searcher.com/
Website: http://www.piocesare.it
Tasted: 2013
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