GD Vajra’s Langhe Biancois a special rarity. Made from 100% Riesling, this wine showcases the spectacular soil of the Langhe in an unusual and non-traditional grape varietal. It is steely; vertical with acidity and lean minerality. The wine has a sort of petrol-mossy green aromatic that screams “Riesling” for me, but it is truly Italian. Earthy, elegant and seriously delicious.
Let me put this another way: What is the one reason Aldo Vajra, a passionate Master of Nebbiolo, would dedicate any space in his limited vineyards to a non-indigenous varietal like Riesling? You only have to taste this wine to know the answer.
The last time I was able to taste this wine was at Portland’s Nostrana– a gorgeous restaurant with a ton of old-world charm, all wrapped up in the hip-ness that is Portland. The food is pretty stellar too- like this veal-filled pasta dish, swimming in some kind of decadent beschamel. The perfect unctuous and cheese-laden dish to compliment Vajra’s laser-focused Langhe Bianco.
Just another reason to love Riesling. As if you needed one more.