Vajra G.D. Barolo Albe 2017

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Details of wine

Albe - sunrise - is the prodigy of the sun rising every day on our hills. This is a Barolo DOCG of delicate and profound style, produced with respect for our territory and tradition.



Rubino trasparente.


Aromi di frutta rossa e prugna, fiori, aghi di pino e un finale che ricorda il sottobosco.


Albe è l'armonia di profumi sosffisticati e delicati, sostenuta da un'elegante acidità e da tannini maturi.



YEAR 2017
ALCOL 14.50
FORMAT 0,75 L Standard
COLLECTED Seconda metà di Ottobre.



REFINEMENT Prima della messa in bottiglia, il Barolo Albe si affina in botti di rovere di Slavonia per circa 36 mesi.
WINEMAKING La raccolta a mano, così come il trasporto in piccole cassette, sono attenzioni che riserviamo per mantenere integri i frutti. Il severo processo di selezione dei grappoli ha inizio nel vigneto e, con sempre maggiore rigore, continua in cantina. La fermentazione dura 30, talvolta 40 giorni a secondo delle caratteristiche d'annata



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Bibenda 2007
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Wine Spectator 2008 94
Wine Spectator 2010 91
Wine Spectator 2011 93
Wine Spectator 2012 92
Wine Spectator 2013 93
Wine Spectator 2014 91
Wine Spectator 2015 93
Wine Spectator 2016 94
Wine Advocated 2007 91
Wine Advocated 2008 93
Wine Advocated 2010 92
Wine Advocated 2014 91
Wine Advocated 2015 93
Wine Advocated 2016 94
James Suckling 2016 93

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Name: Vajra
Start-up year: 1972
Cultivated hectares: 60
Winemaker name: Aldo e Giuseppe Vaira, Gianfranco Cordero e tutto il team Vajra
Address: Via delle Viole, 25 - Barolo (CN)
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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 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.