G.D. Vajra Nebbiolo Piedmont (Langhe), Italy 2018Regular price $26.00
This (organic) estate and winery is a whole family affair, with all three kids involved in the business. Which must be a triumph in itself for the father, who returned to the countryside in the 70s to escape the unrest of the city and dedicate himself to being steward of his family’s land. 100% of the fruit for this wine comes from vineyards around the estate, which resides in Vergne, the highest village of Barolo.
Made from younger vines, hence the Langhe designation as they save the older vines for their Barolo releases, it’s meant to be a fresh-faced version of the varietal. There are the recognizable Nebbiolo aromatics of roses and wild herbs, with crunchy fruit on the palate and lovely minerality. Barolo fruit at an everyday price, with a youthful pep!
Food ideas: pulled pork sandwiches, chicken chocolate mole, Italian bean soup w/pistou, mushroom burgers, carne asada