Synopsis, Our Opinion: A unique and courageous Pinot Noir.
Producer/Winery: G.D. Vajra;
Grape Variety: Pinot Nero.
Geographic Appellation, Region, Country: Langhe; Piedmont, Italy.
Price: $23.40 (with a 10% mixed case discount)
Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Paired With: Seared salmon, Parmesan pasta and peas.
Opened one hour before drinking. Clear, brownish ruby color with a much lighter ruby rim. Damp stones, wet boards and ripe cherry aromas with occasional hints of fresh herbs. There was a slight alcohol whiff on the first pour. Quite intense, slightly audacious and chewy mouthfeel, medium to full body and a very nice 80-grit texture. Ripe cherry, raspberry, blackberry and tart cranberry flavors with glimmers of a soft mineral taste. Medium acidity, surprising firm tannins and a long, rich and bitter finish. This was potent Pinot Noir that had bold concentrated flavors and quite aggressive tannins. When we first sipped this wine we thought it was going to be to brash and overpowering to pair well with the salmon. However, the salmon flavors smoothed out the rough edges and it was far better then sipping without food. This Pinot Noir from the Piedmont of Italy was far more spirited than those coming from either California or Burgundy. We called it a unique and courageous Pinot Noir.
See our reviews of other G.D. Vajra wines.
Alcohol Content: 14%
Closure: Aluminum covered 45mm Natural cork.
UPC Code: 6 95798 11552 6
Imported by: Vajra USA; Manhasset, New York.