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G.D. Vajra Barolo `Bricco delle Viole`

Barolo, Piemonte

G.D. Vajra

Aldo Vajra’s wines are characterised by pristine flavours and clearly defined perfumes...

These characters are attributable to the position of his vineyards at about 400 metres above sea level in the village of Vergne in the commune of Barolo. G.D. Vajra was established in 1972 and named after Aldo’s father, Giuseppe Domenico. Aldo has been gradually increasing the area under vine to 40 hectares, of which 10 are Nebbiolo for Barolo, located in such strategic spots as Bricco delle Viole, Fossati, La Volta and Coste di Vergne. A traditionalist, Aldo adheres to old-style winemaking methods, though blends these with new techniques, such as temperature controlled fermentation, to produce such superbly elegant wines.

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The `Bricco delle Viole` vineyard is located at altitudes of 380-470 metres above sea level in the commune of Barolo and covers 4.79 hectares. The average yield is 45 hectolitres per hectare. One part of the vineyard is planted with vines which are now over 60 years old and yield less than 30 hectolitres per hectare. Its high altitude and long ripening season gives the wine an aromatic complexity and richness that is lacking in lower vineyards. 

Vintage information

Tensione is the word to describe the 2010 vintage. This is more than just strain, tension, pressure or suspense; it is the thrill, the attitude we faced during the season," writes Aldo Vajra. The 2010 vintage saw a particularly long, hard winter in the region, which lasted through until the beginning of March, delaying budding. A cool spring ensured a late start to the growing season. 

Rain throughout March, May and June led to continuous plant growth, giving luxuriant canopies and grass. Giuseppe Vajra comments, "2010 will be remembered as one of those vintages where hundreds of kilometres were walked in each vineyard to observe leaves, shoots and fruit.  Major leaf trimming and multiple green harvests ensured health and balance in the vineyards." The beginning of August remained cooler than average but the last ten days of the month saw a sharp rise in temperatures that lasted throughout September. Significant diurnal variation was fantastic for ripening.


Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at temperatures up to 31°C and lasted three weeks, with regular pumping over. The wine was then matured for 42 months in Slovenian oak barrels.

Tasting Notes

Bright garnet in colour, the 2010 is showing a very complex nose with black fruits, violet and sambuca flowers and a vivid marasca cherry character. Vibrant and dense on the palate, with a hint of graphite and a very long finish. The wine is still young and quite restrained but promises a terrific evolution with ageing.

Vintage information

Vintage 2010
Grape varieties 100% Nebbiolo
Region Barolo, Piemonte
Winemaker Aldo Vajra
Alcohol (ABV) 14.5%