G.d. Vajra di Aldo-Langhe Bianco Italy-Piedmont-Langhe Riesling 2009

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Aldo Vajra's wines are characterised by pristine flavours and clearly defined perfumes. These characters are attributable to the position of his vineyards which are at about 400 metres above sea level in the village of Vergne, commune of Barolo. This Langhe Bianco is, without the slightest hint of exaggeration, one of Italy’s best and most individual white wines. Made from 100% Riesling, this is pale lemon in colour with youthful green hints. The wine has a lovely balance of fruit and freshness. On the nose it is beginning to show an attractive, minerally character, offset by perfumes of ripe, summer fruit. On the palate it is dry and clean, with the characteristic steely, mineral notes typical of good Riesling on the palate and a lemon/lime note cutting through the ripe, apricot fruit. Long and elegant on the finish, it has great ageing potential.

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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 di Aldo-Langhe Bianco Italy-Piedmont-Langhe Riesling

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Snooth User: Anna Savino
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5.00 5
04/12/2012

A constantly evolving Riesling, unthought of before Vajra experimented and planted this variety in Barolo. Truly an innovative success!


Snooth User: Mary Margaret McCamic
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5.00 5
07/20/2012

I've got another bottle of this that I'm waiting on, but I couldn't resist opening this one. Delicious - bright, fresh citrus notes up front, and stone fruit, like apricot, on the mid-palate. A refreshing finish. This wine offers a lot now, but will certainly get better, and is a compelling example of Riesling coming out of the Piedmont. A unique, undeniably delicious wine, for sure, and one that got better every day it was open. By day 3, the bottle was (of course) gone.



Aldo Vajra's wines are characterised by pristine flavours and clearly defined perfumes. These characters are attributable to the position of his vineyards which are at about 400 metres above sea level in the village of Vergne, commune of Barolo. This Langhe Bianco is, without the slightest hint of exaggeration, one of Italy’s best and most individual white wines. Made from 100% Riesling, this is pale lemon in colour with youthful green hints. The wine has a lovely balance of fruit and freshness. On the nose it is beginning to show an attractive, minerally character, offset by perfumes of ripe, summer fruit. On the palate it is dry and clean, with the characteristic steely, mineral notes typical of good Riesling on the palate and a lemon/lime note cutting through the ripe, apricot fruit. Long and elegant on the finish, it has great ageing potential.

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