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G.D. Vajra Barbera d'Alba 2010

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Bursting with bright cherry fruit. Classic Barbera, juicy fruit and mouth watering acidity that brin

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G.D. Vajra:
Vergne, the highest village in the Commune of Barolo, with vineyards planted to nebbiolo at heights of 350-400 metres, as well as to dolcetto and barbera, sees later ripening than other areas and crus, with the result that its Barolos have always been recognised as quite distinctive: wines with youthfully ample aromas, showing prominent but judicious acidity, generous fruit always lively and cr... Read more
Vergne, the highest village in the Commune of Barolo, with vineyards planted to nebbiolo at heights of 350-400 metres, as well as to dolcetto and barbera, sees later ripening than other areas and crus, with the result that its Barolos have always been recognised as quite distinctive: wines with youthfully ample aromas, showing prominent but judicious acidity, generous fruit always lively and crisp, whose primary stylistic signature is their aromatic elegance. Expressing these qualities and ensuring their full expression in every wine is the goal of Milena and Aldo Vaira; she came from Cervere, terroir renowned for its leeks, and he from Torino, but both have been toiling since the early 1970s in the vineyards of Aldo’s father, Giuseppe Domenico, gradually increasing the area under vine to the current 40 hectares, with ten of it nebbiolo for Barolo, located in such strategic spots as Bricco delle Viole, Fossati, La Volta, Coste di Vergne, and finally succeeding in forging a unique winery style and an absolutely personal working method both in cellar and vineyard. A style steeped in elegance, if you will, that nowhere else but in Vergne could find its sublime terroir, its own “promised land,” a superb site despite being the occasional target of pitiless hailstorms. Dedicated, passionate winegrowers, but low-keyed and always sensitive to the human side of every equation in their profession as wine producers, and regarding themselves as instruments enabling nature and their environment full self-expression through their wines, the Vairas incarnated their distinctive way of thinking and working in the very concrete terms of their wine cellar, light years removed from a cold, aseptic laboratory. As friends for many years of Father Costantino Ruggeri, man of faith but a magnificent artist as well, of recognised sensitivity, they wanted their Barolos, the Bricco delle Viole and the just-debuted Albe, a cuvée of their various vineyards; their Dolcetto Coste & Fossati and the Barbera d’Alba; but the more “experimental” or “daring” wines as well, which they created to reflect the Vergne terroir, such as the cask-aged Freisa Kyé and the Langhe Bianco that renders homage to the prince of noble whites, the white Riesling; all these wines they wanted to come to fruition in a warm, exquisitely nurturing space, one enlightened, it goes without saying, by the rainbow-hued stained-glass windows crafted by Padre Costantino, within the terms of a perfect symbiosis and dialogue between Nature and humankind. A conception of wine, therefore, that springs from deep meditation, but is neither artificial nor intellectualistic, one that is striking for the depth of thought behind it as well as for the utter simplicity of its operation, free from the strutting of overweening ego. Read less

Editorial Reviews for G.D. Vajra Barbera d'Alba

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065223,796
3.50 5
09/17/2013

SS only, six different vineyards in three different communes, Barolo, Serralunga, and Novello a year and a half in SS Very direct on the nose with a touch of earthy, savoriness along with a hint of prosciuttos and some shoe polish under dark fruits. Pure, easy, and somewhat low intensity in the mouth with nice acids supporting cut black fruits. There’s lovely integration here with black cherry skin flavors and just a touch of late arriving peppery spice that lingers on the modest, violet tinged finish. A bit simple but pure fresh and eminently drinkable. 87pts


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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065223,796
4.40 5
09/17/2013

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for G.D. Vajra Barbera d'Alba

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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
06/28/2014

The 2010 Barbera d’Alba is an attractive, mid-weight wine laced with sweet red berries, crushed flowers and spices. It is best enjoyed over the next few years, while the fruit retains its freshness. Anticipated maturity: 2012–2014.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
06/28/2014

Bright and fruity, with a hint of spice accenting cherry and tobacco flavors. There’s good grip on the finish. Drink now through 2014.



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