G.D. Vajra Coste di Rose Barolo 2019


G.D. Vajra Coste di Rose Barolo 2019

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95 points Wine Advocate
Compared to Bricco delle Viole, Coste di Rose is distinguished by sandstone soils at lower elevations of 340 to 350 meters above sea level. There is a lot of variability in the soils, and as they change, Nebbiolo behaves differently, picking up new aromas and textural qualities along the way. The G.D. Vajra 2019 Barolo Coste di Rose shows a darker core of fruit with dusty earthy tones and campfire ash. The grape skins were quite thick in 2019, meaning that less work was done with submerged cap and other extractive methods. The beauty of this wine is the mouthfeel, which feels rich, tight and silky. Coste di Rose was first made in 2015.

93 points Vinous
The 2019 Barolo Coste di Rose is the most open of the vineyard designates but is not the easygoing Barolo it has often been in the past. Bright acids and veins of supporting tannin give the 2019 its taut rather nervous feel. Crushed red berry fruit mint spice flowers and earthy tones all develop with a bit of time in the glass. There is a bit of nervousness in the tannin that needs to soften but all the elements are nicely balanced.

93+ points Jeb Dunnuck
Taking on a jeweled ruby appearance the 2019 Barolo Coste Di Rose displays a bit more depth in its aromas of raspberry pure cherry and sweet floral perfume. Revealing a lovely fine tannin structure on the palate it is an approachable red with a gentle arch to its notes of sandy soil and crushed stones as well as its soft texture on the finish. This is an elegant wine with a lot of charm to drink now or over the next 10 to 15 years. The G.D. Vajra estate is based within the commune of Barolo with the entire family contributing and Giuseppe and Aldo Vajra at the helm of the winemaking responsibilities. Giuseppe who took more of a leadership role in 2008 has been instrumental in continuing to develop the family estate while Isidoro Vajra leads in vineyard management. Most recently they have completed the expansion of their cellar space and offices. They are also now releasing their wines a touch later to allow for additional time in bottle to soften any harsh edges. As of the 2019 vintage both the G.D. Vajra and Luigi Baudana estates are certified organic.