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G.D. Vajra Moscato d'Asti 2017

Member Review by Dennis Lim:

light, sweet, and refreshing

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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 Moscato d'Asti

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Snooth User: Dennis Lim
6022642,784
4.00 5
Vintage: 2015 11/06/2016

light, sweet, and refreshing


Snooth User: amynraleigh
1184268563
3.00 5
Vintage: 2011 02/09/2013

Three glasses


Snooth User: Dennis Lim
6022642,784
3.00 5
Vintage: 2010 11/06/2011

I would prefer the 2009 vintage. Sure this one is also sweet and fragrant, but somehow it does not sink into me. Probably needs another year in the bottle...


Snooth User: Debbie Dobbins
107383120,114
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 09/03/2012

Perfect balance of acidity to fruitiness! yum yum yum...


Snooth User: Dennis Lim
6022642,784
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 11/06/2011

Delightful wine! Sweet and at the same time, fragrant with rose hints and refreshing!


Snooth User: Dennis Lim
6022642,784
5.00 5
Vintage: 2009 12/12/2010

Love it!!! So impressively fragrant and sweet, yet light and refreshing! Became a favorite immediately upon first taste


Snooth User: ydrayton
4306644
4.50 5
Vintage: 2008 03/19/2010

This wine is devine! Luscious flavors that remind you of pineapples, peaches, apricots, and strawberries are rich and full! It's absolutely one of the best Moscatos I've tasted. It brings and instant smile to your lips from the beginning of the very first sip. Cheers!


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External Reviews for G.D. Vajra Moscato d'Asti

External Review
Vintage: 2012 06/28/2014

Offers baked peach and pastry notes, backed by bright, citrusy acidity and a lively bead. Zesty finish. Drink now.


External Review
Vintage: 2012 06/28/2014

She is the queen of Moscatos, and all others are pretenders to the throne. Amazingly fragrant, fresh and grapey, the Vajra combines a rich creaminess with a bright fruitiness and has a crisp, lingering finish. Pure liquid gold.


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Vintage: 2011 04/25/2012

A Muscat wine from Piedmont in Italy. 2011 Vajra, G D Moscato DAsti 750ml


External Review
Vintage: 2011 08/22/2013

Luminous pale straw color. The nose boasts notes of ripe apple fresh lychee pear apricot and a touch of herb all of which follow through to the palate. The sweetness of the fruit is balanced with a refined fizz providing a crisp and refreshing ... Eddie Wolowski A Muscat wine from Piedmont in Italy. 2011 2011 Vajra G D Moscato DAsti Muscat 750ml


External Review
Vintage: 2011 11/14/2013

Luminous pale straw color. The nose boasts notes of ripe apple fresh lychee pear apricot and a touch of herb all of which follow through to the palate. The sweetness of the fruit is balanced with a refined fizz providing a crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. The texture is soft and round and leads into a lingering finish. 100% Moscato. Green harvested and sustainably farmed grapes were picked and sorted by hand. At 5.5% alcohol you can sip this juice all day. Enjoy this excellent limited offering now and over the next couple of years. Eddie Wolowski.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 04/26/2012

Luminous pale straw color. The nose boasts notes of ripe apple, fresh lychee, pear, apricot, and a touch of herb, all of which follow through to the palate. The sweetness of the fruit is balanced with a refined fizz, providing a crisp and refreshing ... Eddie Wolowski. A Muscat wine from Piedmont in Italy. 2011 Vajra, G D Moscato DAsti 750ml


External Review
Vintage: 2010 01/10/2013

The 2010 Moscato dandrsquo;Asti is very nicely done. It shows excellent richness and depth through to the creamy, textured finish. Anticipated maturity: 2011andndash;2012.


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