Aldo and Milena Vaira established G.D.Vajra in 1972 with some of the best vineyards in the Langhe. In total they own 25 hectares of vines with a further 10 hectares contracted for their production. They produce on average 100,000 bottles a year. Aldo Vajra and his children Giuseppe, Francesca and Isidoro aim to make wines that express the terroir of their vineyards, which are located in the Vergne zone of Barolo. The wines reflect their maker’s highly individual and personal style, they exhibit great nuance, elegance, and understatement, just like the man himself.
This has some very attractive rose perfume and anise spice with raspberry, redcurrant and red-cherry aromas. Blueberry pastry, too. So perfumed. The palate has very fine, almost crystalline tannins and such intense, juicy and vivaciously delivered flavors of essence-like red fruit. So precise. Drinkable now, but with potential for longterm cellaring. Date Tasted Aug 2020; Rating: 95 Points; Nick Stock; jamessuckling.com
Such a seductive wine. Cherry, dark raspberry, dried roses, baking spices, liquorice and something a bit like Earl Grey tea. Medium-bodied, tannin that manages to be sweet and supple, yet dense and firm, a cool menthol note, with exotic spice and floral perfume, freshness and excellent length, all that delicious tea-like tannin pushing it out. Beautiful. Tasted: Aug 2020; Alcohol: 14%; Price: $153; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2022-2036+; Rated: 95+ Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
Boasting a lithe, mid-weight style and a very silky finish, the G.D. Vajra 2016 Barolo Coste di Rose is fragrant, floral and delicate. The bouquet here is almost all wild rose, violet and honeysuckle or jasmine. The fruity component of the wine is fine and light with cassis, white cherry and cranberry. Fruit comes from a 1.5-hectare parcel inside the Coste di Rose cru with a high percentage of well-draining sandy soils that contribute to the wine's graceful textural embroidery. There is a hint of cherry or raspberry sweetness on the finish. A mere 4,800 bottles are hitting the market now. This is the second vintage produced.Tasted: Jul 2020; Drink: 2023-2038; Rating: 94 Points; Monica Larner; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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