G. D. Vajra winery was established in 1972, but the Vaira family dates back over two centuries from the Barolo. Aldo Vajra established the estate as a teenager between 1968 and 1972 and his sons Giuseppe and Isidoro now work together with him. The vineyards had been in the family since the 1920s but were given to share-croppers after the end of WWII until Aldo‘s passion brought him back to Barolo to claim the family legacy and farm it himself. The estate has incredible vineyard holdings in Coste de Vergne, Fossati, La Volta and the jewel of the estate are the 65 year old vines in Bricco delle Viole planted by Aldo's grandfather.
GD Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba 2009
Produced from Dolcetto grapes sourced from four G. D. Vajra estate vineyard sites. Vajra has as much passion and work just as hard for their Dolcetto as they do for their Nebbiolo. It's a vibrant and delicious wine that's full of dark fruit and aromas of herbs, red flowers ans spice. Really quite appealingly perfumed in style, this has got a lot more about it than some lesser Dolcetto. The wine rests in large neutral Slovenian oak cask for a short time so it can breath and reach wonderful vinous levels not seen in ordinary Dolcetto. Dolcetto of this quality is a fantastic food wine, try pairing with braised meats, osso buco,
salami, hearty meat and mushroom stuffed pastas served with tomato sauces.
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Dolcetto is the name of the grape which literally means “little sweet one”. Although traditionally lighter, less expensive wines, this is no longer the rule. Many Dolcetto’s are being made in a bigger, bolder style. Dogliani and Alba are only two of the seven dolcetto appellations, yet they are the most important along with a third, Dolcetto di Diano d’Alba. Left to its own devices, dolcetto offers what naturally makes it so winning: an object lesson in the very Italian push-pull of blending bitter and sweet flavors, along with an earthiness and a rounded, lightly tannic texture.
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