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Barolo Bricco delle Viole, Vajra - 2018

  • Provenance: Piedmont
  • Appellation: Barolo
  • Domain: G.D. Vajra
  • Grape variety(ies): Nebbiolo
  • On-call time: 20 years
  • Alcohol degree: 14.5%
The Vajra family has bottled a Barolo of unique refinement: the wine opens slowly with balsamic, incense and exotic fruit aromas of great charm, which precede a very beautiful, smooth mouthfeel, with fat, impeccably refined and generous tannins. It is clear that, as with the Barolo Cerretta, in this sunny vintage, the high altitude terroirs work wonders. A great wine! Jancis Robinson : 17.5/20 ; Wine Enthusiast : 95/100
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Viticulture

A magnificent vineyard located in the commune of Barolo. The exposure is mainly south, with some variations to the east and west. The vines are spread out between 380 and 470 metres in altitude. Years of Nebbiolo planting in the vineyard: 1949, 1968, 1995, 2000 and 2006-7. Densities between 4,200 and 5,000 vines/ha. Terroir of marl from Sainte Agathe with the presence of marine fossils. Guyot cultivation, natural grassing, green harvesting if necessary.

Oenology

Maceration of 30-40 days, control of TO, traditional vinification, fermentation with indigenous yeasts, natural malolactic fermentation during the first year, 42 months of ageing in Slovenian tuns of 25-50 hl. The resulting wine is undoubtedly one of the most elegant, complex and refined Barolos to be tasted to date, often with typical floral notes.

Suggestions for accompaniment

Maccheroni with truffles - Risotto with boletus - Confit veal shank with gremolata sauce - Cheese.

Domain

In 1972, Aldo Vaira (Vaira is the family name, Vajra the winery name) made a controversial decision to leave Turin to found the G.D. Vajra winery in the hamlet of Vergne, in the hills above the village of Barolo. At the time, most Piedmontese were leaving the countryside for the city in search of a better life; but he, born in Turin, had fallen in love with the profession of winegrower a few years earlier when his father sent him to spend the summer in the country, after he had shown a passing interest in the protest movements that were gaining momentum in Turin at the end of the 1960s. Thus one temporary rebellion led to a more permanent one; and although the family had owned vineyards in the area for several generations, wines were first bottled under the Vajra name in the 1970s. The initials "G.D." stand for Giuseppe Domenico, Aldo Vajra's father, who signed the founding papers of the estate in 1972, Aldo himself being a minor at the time. 

In the beginning, Aldo and his wife Milena ran the winery on nights and weekends, while Aldo taught viticulture at the University of Alba. Over time, they expanded the estate to about 40 hectares, which is now cultivated in a sustainable manner. From the beginning, G.D. Vajra has been a family...

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