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2017 G.D. Vajra "Viola delle Viole" Barbera d'Alba Superiore

SKU #1477970 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The G.D. Vajra 2017 Barbera d'Alba Superiore Viola delle Viole opens to an inky almost impenetrable appearance. The bouquet opens to robust aromas of blackberry jam and cherry preserves. You feel the heat and richness of the vintage, and there's no way around it. The 2017 growing season produced very concentrated fruit with smaller berry size due to heat and drought. In effect, you get a super-sized Barbera that ups the ante in terms of extraction and intensity. There is a point of almost-sweetness on the close followed by good acidity. A pairing with marinated or spicy barbecued meat might work best. (ML) 93+ Inner quote mark (7/2020)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2017 Barbera d'Alba Superiore is plush, racy and flat-out delicious. Raspberry jam, cinnamon, dried flowers, sweet tobacco and cedar all flesh out in a forward, plush Barbera that will drink well right out the gate. The Superiore always needs a few years to fully emerge. I imagine that will be the case here as well. Even so, the 2017 is an especially open-knit version of this wine. (AG) Inner quote mark (3/2020)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Bright and juicy, exhibiting ripe plum, fruitcake, blackberry and earth notes. The vivid acidity keeps this focused and long, allowing the flavors to evolve as the finish extends. Very polished and harmonious. (BS) Inner quote mark (4/2020)


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