G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe 2006

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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

Member Reviews for G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe

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Snooth User: Rodolphe Boulanger
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0.00 5
12/11/2008

citrus,lemon lime,floral+grapery. sharper bubbles,citrus+floral,some grape too,less delicate finish


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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4.50 5
12/15/2010

Wonderful nose of deep dark red berries and some black fruit hints. Upon swirling, some sweet, popcicle tones. Resinous wine on the palate. Beautiful juice, pretty and well rounded fruit with just the right amount of tannin and well structured. Leaves a floral, delicate berry finish. Great!


Snooth User: zinfandel1
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3.00 5
08/08/2012

Lovely color. on the nose dark fruits. Swirling for awhile and sweet perfumey notes gently rise..Light tannins and dark fruit on the palate. Very nice, and the finish was medium with lots of berries and a hint of citrus. It seems this wine is very close to maturity at this young age. Would highly recommend but do not lay away.


Snooth User: Ceci Ocampo
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4.50 5
05/14/2012

es sensasional --


Snooth User: Chad Carns
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0.00 5
01/03/2012

Love this wine!!! Hope the price does not change.


External Reviews for G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The 2006 Barolo Albe is made from vineyards in Fossati, La Volta and Coste di Vergne, all in the town of Barolo itself. The Albe is a beautiful, supple Barolo graced with exquisite fruit and a plump, juicy personality. It can be enjoyed with a minimum of bottle age or also cellared for at least a decade. This is a marvelous effort from Vajra and is the equivalent of the top wine at many other estates. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The 2005 Barolo Albe caresses the palate with a soft core of perfumed fruit. This generous, open Barolo isn't likely to be a long-term ager, but it offers tons of class and elegance. The finish is round and impeccably refined. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019.



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