Shockingly Good Everyday Red from one of our Favorite Producers

Shockingly Good Everyday Red from one of our Favorite Producers

Posted on Apr, 28. 2011 by

Categories: Wine

I absolutely love it when wineries that we adore, with whom we have done great business over the years, continue to churn out strong wines. The winery in this case is G.D. Vajra, a producer we first worked with about 2 years ago. Back then, they emerged onto the US scene as a small family winery in the Piedmont making their first big splash here via some very strong inaugural reviews in the Wine Advocate and some extremely attractive pricing for the quality. We sold 20+ cases of their 2007 Langhe Nebbiolo in that first offer, and have consistently followed their new releases with great interest since then.

When I visited the Piedmont back in November, their winery was one of my priority visits, and they did not disappoint; I think most of you read or heard my tale of the 4-hour tasting visit with Jeep tour and luxury lunch of fresh truffles included. We featured a couple of their wines at the post-trip Piedmont tasting in December, and another one as a “Best of Show” offering after the Country Vintner trade tasting tasting a couple of months ago.

Today’s wine is another discovery from that event, albeit at the other end of the price spectrum. The 2008 Vajra Langhe Rosso is their entry level wine, a blend of the main Piedmontese varietals of Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto. This is meant as a true table wine, made expressly for every day drinking with a broad range of foods. When I tasted it among the other much higher end Vajra wines in the lineup, I couldn’t help but be impressed with the way that it fit right in — there is a tremendous fruit profile here, with red and black currants, strawberries and blackberries, and very nice spicy notes to complement the fruit. This seemed much more classy than someone’s regular entry level wine I thought — perhaps this was simply a blend of higher quality excess juice?

When I was quoted the price, I literally did a spit-take I was so flabbergasted. Since I was a little concerned that my deep affinity for the winery might be impacting my judgement, I immediately instructed our salesperson to deliver a bottle to the Guild so that other Board members could taste it blind. My evaluation was confirmed, however, when I slipped a glass from the sample bottle to Evan at the end of one of our weekly tastings and asked him for his take. He said he enjoyed it immensely, and when I told him the price, he had precisely the same reaction I did — simple disbelief.

We both agreed at that moment that we’d offer this wine to the Guild membership with a strong recommendation. Cross referencing CellarTracker tasting notes only heightened our enthusiasm, with quotes like “a perfect wine to sip and enjoy” and “a very good value, especially if you can find it under $15”. Under $15??? We can do lots better than that…

2008 G.D. Vajra Langhe Rosso, Piedmont, Italy
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $10.26 • Premier Cru: $10.73 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $15.00
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This is an all palate, all occasion wine that should appeal to pretty much everyone. Good quantities are available, so feel free to go long this wine without the risk of getting cut back…

One Response to “Shockingly Good Everyday Red from one of our Favorite Producers”

  1. Michael Davis

    01. May, 2011

    Drinking this right now and it’s so good. It’s been open an hour and wow! What a find! Loving it. Glad I got six bottles….might have to go back for more.