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Vajra Freisa Kye 2009

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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

Editorial Reviews for Vajra Freisa Kye

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,103
4.50 5
06/21/2013

Dark and earthy on the nose, with lots of rose petal notes, savory dark coffee and dried leather aromas framing small lack woodland fruits. This starts out with lovely richness and earthy flavors that quickly yield to slightly rustic, angular tannins on the palate. Complex flavors of earth, medicinal herbs and exotic spices appear on the mid-palate which leads to a long, dirt filled richly fruited very slightly hot and medicinal finish. This is a singular wine of impressive character and has a track record of aging very well indeed. 92pts


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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,103
4.60 5
06/21/2013

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Vajra Freisa Kye

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

The 2009 Langhe Freisa Kye is beautiful in this vintage, even if it doesnandrsquo;t have the visceral thrill of some previous years. The heat seems to have baked out much of the varietal character, resulting in a wine that is silky, racy and polished, but maybe too much so for its own good. Anticipated maturity: 2012andndash;2019.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

The 2008 Langhe Freisa Kye is insanely beautiful. Layers of primary dark fruit burst from a big, powerful frame as the wine opens up in the glass. A complex array of menthol, tar, and spices follows, adding further dimensions of nuance and character. Everything is so beautifully delineated here. The fruit remains primary and the tannins are firm, so readers will need to be patient, but boy, is this a gorgeous bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2014andndash;2028.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
12/24/2012

The 2008 Langhe Freisa Kye is insanely beautiful. Layers of primary dark fruit burst from a big, powerful frame as the wine opens up in the glass. A complex array of menthol, tar, and spices follows, adding further dimensions of nuance and character. Everything is so beautifully delineated here. The fruit remains primary and the tannins are firm, so readers will need to be patient, but boy, is this a gorgeous bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2014ndash;2028.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
12/24/2012

The 2009 Langhe Freisa Kye is beautiful in this vintage, even if it doesnrsquo;t have the visceral thrill of some previous years. The heat seems to have baked out much of the varietal character, resulting in a wine that is silky, racy and polished, but maybe too much so for its own good. Anticipated maturity: 2012ndash;2019.



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