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Vajra Barolo Bricco Della Viole 2010

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"The 2010 Barolo Bricco delle Viole is going to need quite a bit of time to fully come together. Dark cherries, plums, menthol, tobacco and spices all burst from the glass in a racy, structured Barolo. Hints of licorice, savory herbs and leather resonate on a fabulous, expressive Barolo from Vajra." -Scoring on it's way! This was posted by Antonio Galloni on his Vinous Media site, in the "Your Say" section. "I have had many fabulous tastings at Vajra over the years, but this was one of the most memorable, as I had a chance to sample a wide range of Barolos spanning vintages 2010-2013. The only wine in bottle was the 2010 Barolo Albe. At the moment, the 2010 Barolo Bricco delle Viole, is sitting in three casks that correspond to the different sections of the vineyard. The final blend has not been made, and it is also not a foregone conclusion that 100% of each cask will make it into the finished wine. Still, the three casks were all impressive and point to a wine with a bright future. Vajra continues to vinify a Barolo from their parcel in Ravera, where the vines are now 14-15 years old. So far, the Ravera has been sold in bulk, but there is a big step up in quality with the 2012 and 2013, so I will not be surprised if those wines are eventually bottled. Actually, all of the 2012s and 2013s are impressive here, and easily confirm Vajra's position in the top echelon of Barolo producers today. I can't say enough about the Vajra family and all they have accomplished, especially over the last decade. When I stopped by on a late Saturday afternoon, the tasting room was occupied by a large group. How many world-class wineries can you visit on a Saturday afternoon with a group? The answer is not many. In a world that is increasingly about noise and hype, the Vajras work out of a very functional, simple winery just outside Barolo, driven by the values of family, faith and the strong work ethic that is at the heart of the Piedmontese culture." -Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media.

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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

External Reviews for Vajra Barolo Bricco Della Viole

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/13/2015

The 2010 Barolo Bricco delle Viole is going to need quite a bit of time to fully come together. Dark cherries, plums, tobacco and spices burst from the glass in an intense, structured Barolo that hits all the high notes. Next to the Ravera, the Bricco delle Viole is more floral, lifted and finessed, especially with time in the glass. Rose petals, savory herbs and sweet spices add the last nuance of complexity. The 2010 is fabulous; it’s as simple as that.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/13/2015

The solid core and taut structure are coated with cherry and raspberry flavors. Though light-weight, this red is intense and long, with a firmly tannic finish. Very fresh in the end. Best from 2018 through 2032.



"The 2010 Barolo Bricco delle Viole is going to need quite a bit of time to fully come together. Dark cherries, plums, menthol, tobacco and spices all burst from the glass in a racy, structured Barolo. Hints of licorice, savory herbs and leather resonate on a fabulous, expressive Barolo from Vajra." -Scoring on it's way! This was posted by Antonio Galloni on his Vinous Media site, in the "Your Say" section. "I have had many fabulous tastings at Vajra over the years, but this was one of the most memorable, as I had a chance to sample a wide range of Barolos spanning vintages 2010-2013. The only wine in bottle was the 2010 Barolo Albe. At the moment, the 2010 Barolo Bricco delle Viole, is sitting in three casks that correspond to the different sections of the vineyard. The final blend has not been made, and it is also not a foregone conclusion that 100% of each cask will make it into the finished wine. Still, the three casks were all impressive and point to a wine with a bright future. Vajra continues to vinify a Barolo from their parcel in Ravera, where the vines are now 14-15 years old. So far, the Ravera has been sold in bulk, but there is a big step up in quality with the 2012 and 2013, so I will not be surprised if those wines are eventually bottled. Actually, all of the 2012s and 2013s are impressive here, and easily confirm Vajra's position in the top echelon of Barolo producers today. I can't say enough about the Vajra family and all they have accomplished, especially over the last decade. When I stopped by on a late Saturday afternoon, the tasting room was occupied by a large group. How many world-class wineries can you visit on a Saturday afternoon with a group? The answer is not many. In a world that is increasingly about noise and hype, the Vajras work out of a very functional, simple winery just outside Barolo, driven by the values of family, faith and the strong work ethic that is at the heart of the Piedmontese culture." -Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media.

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