Vajra's Barbera d'Alba is a blend of estate vineyards from a wide range of terroirs, providing a snapshot of the vintage and the quality embedded in Vajras Barbera, even if they are mostly known for their Barolo. Vajra was one of the first to implement organics in the vineyard as early as the 1970s and has since. Winemaker Milena Vaira says that Barbera most represents her character, a wine that takes a while to come out of its shell but is rich in character. I tasted this earlier today for the second time, and it is a beautiful Barbera, one of the best I've tried in this price range. 2018 was a late harvest and great for Barbera. This has an incredibly perfumed and fresh nose with ultra-pure red fruit, and because Vajra does a more extended, gentler fermentation, it brings out the complexity, depth, and elegance. The palate is lush, juicy, and fresh, with an impeccable balance between richness and vibrancy. This is a silky, easily enjoyable, and palate-staining wine that would be perfect with a fillet with sauteed mushrooms but is not something that needs food—great value for those looking for depth and ease of enjoyment from an old world terroir.