G. D. Vajra Barolo Bricco della Viole 2008
Vajra's 2008 Barolo Bricco delle Viole is drop-dead gorgeous. Rose petals, flowers, spices and mint are some of the many, many nuances that unfold as this gracious Barolo opens up in the glass. The 2008 is at once light on its feet yet rich, deep and resonant, expressing the myriad contradictions that are at the heart of what makes Barolo one of the world's truly icon wines. Today the tannins are a little firm, of course, but there is an inner sweetness to the 2008 that is compelling. This is a fabulous showing from the Vajra family. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2038.
A pungent, sweet sawdust nose is followed by candied cherry in this light-weight yet intense Barolo. The raspberry and cherry fruit emerges with air. Displays fine structure, showing freshness and length. Best from 2017 through 2035. 1,176 cases made.
This opens with jammy aromas of blackberry and strawberry followed by a streamlined feel on the palate. It delivers a firm wall of young tannins that need more time to age.