Vajra Coste & Fossati Dolcetto d'Alba 2005

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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. In the 2004 vintage, we arranged for Australian winemaker Stephen Pannell, who is besotted by Nebbiolo and Barbera, to work the vintage with Aldo. Vajra’s ‘Coste e Fossati’ Dolcetto, is one of the stars of the range, and is produced with grapes from his two best Dolcetto vineyards. He proves that with good vineyard husbandry, a Dolcetto of intensity and balance can be produced without, the need felt by many of his peers, to bolster the wine with Cabernet or Syrah. Soils in these vineyards are limestone and marl. The Coste di Vergne is 1.9 hectares at an altitude of 420-480 meters and has a western exposure. It was planted in 1982 and 1995 the planting density is 4,400 plants per hectare. The Fossati vineyard is 1.6 hectares at an altitude of 430-490m with an easterly exposure. It was planted in 1981 and has a planting density of 4,400 plants per hectare. Harvest is done by hand before the third week in September. This Dolcetto is ruby red in colour with touches of purple. On the nose this wine is intensely perfumed with ripe red berry and cherry fruit and floral notes. On the palate it displays similar berry and cherry fruit character with excellent balance and a supple tannin structure. It is delicate and elegant with a long, complex finish.

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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

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Snooth User: mikeoropeza
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03/16/2010

Since 1972, owners, Milena and Aldo Vaira have been producing Barolo, Barbera d'Alba, Dolcetto d'Alba,on a small-scale on their 40 hectare estate in Vergne, the highest village in the Commune of Barolo. Made in the traditional style, their Coste & Fossati Dolcetto d' Alba is a terrific example of the varietal. With generous fruit and judicious acidity, the wine is wonderfully food friendly but is especially well paired with beef and lamb. A wine worth looking for. Let it breathe for at least 30 minutes prior to serving.



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. In the 2004 vintage, we arranged for Australian winemaker Stephen Pannell, who is besotted by Nebbiolo and Barbera, to work the vintage with Aldo. Vajra’s ‘Coste e Fossati’ Dolcetto, is one of the stars of the range, and is produced with grapes from his two best Dolcetto vineyards. He proves that with good vineyard husbandry, a Dolcetto of intensity and balance can be produced without, the need felt by many of his peers, to bolster the wine with Cabernet or Syrah. Soils in these vineyards are limestone and marl. The Coste di Vergne is 1.9 hectares at an altitude of 420-480 meters and has a western exposure. It was planted in 1982 and 1995 the planting density is 4,400 plants per hectare. The Fossati vineyard is 1.6 hectares at an altitude of 430-490m with an easterly exposure. It was planted in 1981 and has a planting density of 4,400 plants per hectare. Harvest is done by hand before the third week in September. This Dolcetto is ruby red in colour with touches of purple. On the nose this wine is intensely perfumed with ripe red berry and cherry fruit and floral notes. On the palate it displays similar berry and cherry fruit character with excellent balance and a supple tannin structure. It is delicate and elegant with a long, complex finish.

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