While Aldo Vajra is one of Piedmont's very best producers of rich, classically structured, long-living Barolo, he treats his unpretentious, "everyday" wines with the same exceptional craftsmanship that goes into the ones that demand years in the cellar. With this 2007 Langhe Rosso, a blend of Dolcetto, Barbera, Freisa and Nebbiolo, one can grasp the spirit of Aldo's efforts without having to wait half a decade, or more.
Aldo is a perfectionist in the vineyards and in the cellar. He's also somewhat of a non-interventionist, letting the grapes do their thing, letting each vintage speak in the bottle. While we love this about the man and his wines, it's not always the easiest approach commercially. With one caveat. When the vintage is outstanding, like it was in 2007 (for all the grapes that survived the late May hailstorm) Vajra makes wines that are concentrated and tightly wound.
This wine is ruby red in color, with notes of bright cherry fruit on the nose. On the palate, there's firm and fleshy red fruit, balanced by herbal tones and good acidity.
This is a lovely pizza wine: pair it with the best you can get delivered to your home, or make your own carmelized onions and tomato focaccia. The acidity of the wine will go wonderfully with the tomatoes.