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G.D. Vajra Dolcetto d`Alba

Langhe, Piemonte

G.D. Vajra

Aldo Vaira'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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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

The vintage 2014, despite being one of the most complex in vineyard management in the past years, has reserved a pleasant surprise regarding the grape quality due to a favourable end of the season. The spring raised over the vineyards of the Langhe gradually but prematurely, causing earlier vegetative growth in comparison to 2013. Summer brought standard temperatures with higher than average rainfall, meaning vigilance against fungal disease was very important. September and October were positive from the climatic point of view with ideal conditions for phenolic ripeness.


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

Aromas and _x001D_ flavours of violets, red fruits and berries, marasca cherries and hay. Smooth and open on the palate, it is balanced with refined tannins and lightened by a fresh acidity.

Vintage information

Vintage 2014
Grape varieties 100% Dolcetto
Region Langhe, Piemonte
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 6g/l
Residual Sugar 2.3g/l
Wine pH 3.3