Elegant and subtle notes of orange, violet and darkberries precede a richly layered palate. This wine will take time to develop, but it’s already showing nice initial roundness in the front palate. The finish features well-integrated tannins that hint at the richness and harmony that will come with proper cellaring and age.
95 points - Complex and alluring, this offers aromas of mint, cherry and spice, with a vegetal note. On the palate, this is sweet, intense and persistent, accented by licorice and tobacco details. Firm and tight, with appealing harmony and length. Best from 2017 through 2032.—B.S.
G.D. Vajra was founded in 1972 by Aldo Vaira and his wife Milena. For generations, the Vairas had sold their fruit to local growers but upon inheriting the estate, Aldo broke from family tradition and began producing wines under his own label. G.D. Vajra is entirely a family affair the winery was named after Aldo’s father, Giuseppe Domenico and Aldo and Milena work with their daughter Francesca and sons, Giuseppe and Isidoro.
The family owns almost 100 acres of vineyards in Vergne, the highest village in the Commune of Barolo and the wines are made from estate fruit that is triple sorted by hand. The Vaira’s winemaking philosophy is simple - they are not modern, they are not traditional. They practice sustainable farming and craft sensitive, transparent wines of place by patiently allowing the fruit to dictate its own evolution. For more than 40 years, this wonderfully humble and hard-working family has crafted soulful and honest expressions of Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, Moscato and Riesling.
|(100% Nebbiolo) Perched at 1,312 feet, Bricco delle Viole overlooks the rolling landscape of Barolo. The altitude and the white calcareous marl soils force the vines to struggle this in combination with the long growing season, produces wines of complexity and elegance. Fruit harvested from the oldest vines in the parcel was fermented for 30-40 days before aging in large Slavonian oak casks for 42-48 months.
|The estate of G.D. Vajra, situated in Vergne the highest village in the Commune of Barolo, was
established in 1972 by Giuseppe Domenico. Milena and Aldo Vaira are the current owners.
Both have worked the vineyards since the early 1970s. Vajra currently owns 40 sustainably
farmed hectares in such strategic spots as Bricco delle Viole, Fossati, La Volta, Coste di Vergne.
The vineyards are planted with Nebbiolo, Dolcetto and Barbera at elevations between 350-400
meters, which results in distinctive and aromatic wines. Their philosophy remains faithful to the
traditional wines of Piedmont. "I try to make wines that give people joy. In the past wine was a
food, it was necessary for sustenance. Today that is not the case; we choose to drink for
pleasure. I want to make wines that bring people happiness.” ~ Aldo Vajra