Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba 2009
Vajra was established in 1972, by Aldo Vajra’s father Giuseppe Domenico. Aldo has been 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 VergneVajra. The vineyards are located about 400 metres above sea level in the village of Vergne, in the commune of Barolo. Vajra sees later ripening than other areas and crus in the region, with the result that his 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. Aldo Vajra is a traditionalist. He still adheres to old-style winemaking methods, though blends these with new techniques, such as temperature-controlled fermentation. Vajra defends his approach, saying, "Like a diamond, each terrain has its own facets, each producer has his own sensibility, resulting in a wide variety of wines made with the same grapes." Sometimes, Vajra notes, this is hard to detect in some of the newer-style wines. He can't resist adding, "Traditional wines are more elegant, with more delicate perfumes, leaner, somewhat difficult, but offering more pleasure at the table."
The nose showed focused blackberry fruit with spice, floral notes and wood tones. On the palate, this showed vibrant acidity with more blackberry and hints of citrus, leading to a clean fruity finish that provided those token Dolcetto bitters that I have grown to love.
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The 2009 Dolcetto d’Alba is everything Dolcetto should be; fresh, varietally correct and clean. Here all of those qualities are given an extra measure of elegance and sheer class. Fresh mint, blueberries and licorice linger on the subtle finish.
Piedmont, ItalyVajra Dolcetto d'Alba is a red wine gem from Piedmont made from the Dolcetto grape, "little sweet one," named for its naturally low acidity. But Dolcetto can be anything but little or sweet. The estate of G.D. Vajra, situated in Vergne the highest village in the Commune of Barolo, was established in 1972 by Giuseppe Domenico. Milena and Aldo Vaira are the current owners. Both have worked the vineyards since the early 1970s. Vajra currently owns 40 sustainably farmed hectares in such strategic spots as Bricco delle Viole, Fossati, La Volta, Coste di Vergne. The vineyards are planted with Nebbiolo, Dolcetto and Barbera at elevations between 350-400 meters, which results in distinctive and aromatic wines. This wine received a 90-point rating from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. In the words of its tough critic Antonio Galloni, "Aldo and Milena Vajra craft some of the most beautiful, original wines in all of Italy. Frankly, it is impossible to go wrong with any of these superb bottles. The 2009 Dolcetto d'Alba is everything Dolcetto should be; fresh, varietally correct and clean. Here all of those qualities are given an extra measure of elegance and sheer class." Don't miss it!Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba is dark violet in color with a nose and flavors of cherries, red berries, mint, licorice and mineral notes. It is fruit-forward and food-friendly, with no oak. Enjoy now through 2015. The finish is long and pleasing.Enjoy Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba with lasagna, roast duck, grilled chicken and vegetarian dishes.