Paired with the Vajra Langhe Rosso (below), this wine offered a good contrast of styles. Instead of blending Nebbiolo with Barbera, Dolcetta and Freisa, the winemaker chooses Merlot and Barbera.
Good color. And the Nebbiolo shows through clearly in the aromas. Merlot softens the tannins and also seems to make the wine less acidic. Another food-friendly wine that makes good use of declassified Barolo. This wine runs about $15; the Vajra, about 12. Regardless of price, I would choose the Vajra for its freshness and intensity.