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G.D. Vajra Barolo Bricco Delle Viole 2008

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One of the greatest expressions of Barolo elegance and fineness.

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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
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Editorial Reviews for G.D. Vajra Barolo Bricco Delle Viole

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,916
4.50 5
06/25/2013

Deeply profound nose, with layers of spice, black cherry, woodsy spice, and camphor. This really is very precise and perfumed on the nose with lovely floral top notes, though in the mouth it is rather assertively fruity for the vintage but not in the frooty sense, with some tarry notes adding some detail to the core of wild strawberry and wild cherry fruit. On the backend this turns a little woodsy aromatically. This is relatively open though it is noticeably less complex and interesting on the palate than the nose. 91pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,916
4.00 5
05/12/2013

Very pretty and perfumed on the nose with super wild cherry fruit and wild raspberry in alcohol aromas over nice low mineral, wild flower and wild herb notes. Just a hint of oak, gentle but it's there. Soft on entry, clean and fresh with lots of wild strawberry and lightly herbal fruit that has an attractive sweet/tart component to it. Tannins are quite soft, and the finish a bit on the short side. Elegant and refined with a very fresh and attractive flavor profile. 90pts


External Reviews for G.D. Vajra Barolo Bricco Delle Viole

External Review
Source: Vines Wine and Spirits
03/11/2013

This opens with jammy aromas of blackberry and strawberry followed by a streamlined feel on the palate. It delivers a firm wall of young tannins that need more time to age.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
11/14/2013

A pungent, sweet sawdust nose is followed by candied cherry in this light-weight yet intense Barolo. The raspberry and cherry fruit emerges with air. Displays fine structure, showing freshness and length. Best from 2017 through 2035.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
11/14/2013

Vajra’s 2008 Barolo Bricco delle Viole is drop-dead gorgeous. Rose petals, flowers, spices and mint are some of the many, many nuances that unfold as this gracious Barolo opens up in the glass. The 2008 is at once light on its feet yet rich, deep and resonant, expressing the myriad contradictions that are at the heart of what makes Barolo one of the world’s truly icon wines. Today the tannins are a little firm, of course, but there is an inner sweetness to the 2008 that is compelling. This is a fabulous showing from the Vajra family. Anticipated maturity: 2018–2038.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
12/25/2013

Vajra's 2008 Barolo Bricco delle Viole is drop-dead gorgeous. Rose petals, flowers, spices and mint are some of the many, many nuances that unfold as this gracious Barolo opens up in the glass. The 2008 is at once light on its feet yet rich, deep and resonant, expressing the myriad contradictions that are at the heart of what makes Barolo one of the world's truly icon wines. Today the tannins are a little firm, of course, but there is an inner sweetness to the 2008 that is compelling. This is a fabulous showing from the Vajra family. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2038. A pungent, sweet sawdust nose is followed by candied cherry in this light-weight yet intense Barolo. The raspberry and cherry fruit emerges with air. Displays fine structure, showing freshness and length. Best from 2017 through 2035. 1,176 cases made. -BS ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
01/17/2013

Vajra's 2008 Barolo Bricco delle Viole is drop-dead gorgeous. Rose petals, flowers, spices and mint are some of the many, many nuances that unfold as this gracious Barolo opens up in the glass. The 2008 is at once light on its feet yet rich, deep and resonant, expressing the myriad contradictions that are at the heart of what makes Barolo one of the world's truly icon wines. Today the tannins are a little firm, of course, but there is an inner sweetness to the 2008 that is compelling. This is a fabulous showing from the Vajra family. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2038. A pungent, sweet sawdust nose is followed by candied cherry in this light-weight yet intense Barolo. The raspberry and cherry fruit emerges with air. Displays fine structure, showing freshness and length. Best from 2017 through 2035. 1,176 cases made. -BS



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