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G.D. Vajra Dolcetto d`Alba

Langhe, 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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Vineyards

Grapes are grown in Vajra`s vineyards, located in Coste di Vergne, Fossati and Pascolo in the Barolo region and in the Ravera in Nerollo region. The vines are trained in mixed Guyot system and planting dates range from 1982-2002. The soil is a mix of limestone and marl.

Vintage information

A delayed cold winter, with lows of -15°C between the end of January and the beginning of February and subsequent heavy snowfall. Though contributing to good water reserves, vegetative recovery occurred later than usual. March and April were cool and wet. Rains in early June as flowering was taking place resulted in fewer berries per cluster, helping in the prevention certain diseases which take hold more easily in compact clusters. Summer temperatures reached their peak with highs of 38°C in the second half of August. By the middle of September the Dolcetto grapes were in very good health: excellent anthocyanins (colour), and considerable balance in the aromatic substances. Less sugar content than usual made for an excellent 2012 vintage.

Vinification

Fermentation took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks for 6-10 days at 30°C with frequent pumping over for maximum extraction of colour and tannin. The wine was aged in stainless steel tanks until the following spring.

Tasting Notes

Great depth of colour with the lovely herbal berry notes characteristic of good Dolcetto. Red, black and blueberries with a touch of dried summer herbs such as marjoram and thyme follow through to the palate where the solid tannic structure of this variety gives structure and weight to the berry fruit character. Black cherry notes carry through to the finish.

Vintage information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 100% Dolcetto
Region Langhe, Piemonte
Winemaker Aldo Vajra
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 5.6g/l
Residual Sugar 1g/l
Wine pH 3.46