I’ve featured the wines from G.D. Vajra many times, as I am a big fan of the Domaine. As I was tasting through the new vintage of their wines recently, I was reminded that one of their wines in particular doesn’t get enough attention. In fact, I don’t think that the Dolcetto grape gets enough recognition in general, but the 2015 Dolcetto d’Alba from Vajra is a particularly exceptional expression of this grape that’s not to be missed.
In the Langhe region of Italy, Nebbiolo undoubtedly reigns supreme. Of the two lesser recognized grapes, Barbera & Dolcetto, I think that Dolcetto is unfairly the less appreciated. I’ve heard it said that Dolcetto is “like the off-cut of meat that the butcher takes home for himself.” It’s a good analogy; a prime Filet Mignon is almost always exceptional, but a great cut of Hanger Steak, cooked perfectly, can be equally delicious in a different way.
The 2015 G.D. Vajra Dolcetto d’Alba is a reminder that, depending on the circumstances, sometimes that well-cooked piece of Hanger Steak can be the preferable option.
MySomm Tasting Notes
Nose: Bright, fresh raspberry and dehydrated strawberry, orange pith and Herbs de Provence with hints of dusty earth.
Body: Light to medium bodied. Lively and vibrant with tremendous precision, mouthwatering acidity and firm, satiny tannins.
Palate: Juicy, succulent red fruit. Cherry, pomegranate, & orange. Dusty earth and foliage with hints of ginger and complex tones of fresh and dried herbs.
MySomm Price: $16.80/btl
(Wine Will Be Available Thursday, 2/23)